The National 9/11 Museum will finally open on May 21, AP reports. Preceding admission to the general public, victims' family members, rescue workers, and others directly affected by the attack will have a week of free, 24-hour-a-day access to the museum. The museum made waves two months ago when officials announced that adult admission would run at $24. The high price tag comes as part of the museum's $63 million operating budget that allows it to remain an entity that survives without government support, despite the museum board and city officials' attempts to secure federal funding. The museum will always be free for relatives of September 11 victims and rescue and recovery workers.
The museum is comprised of two core exhibitions at the foundation of the World Trade Center complex. One exhibition, In Memoriam, pays tribute to the 2,983 men, woman, and children who lost their lives on September 11 and in the February 26, 1993 bombing of the site, NYDN reports. The other exhibition will tell the story of what happened on 9/11 at the three attack sites and around the world. New York Magazine reports that about 8,000 unidentified remains will be moved from the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner to an off-limits area of the museum and kept behind a wall inscribed with a line from the Roman poet Virgil: "No day shall erase you from the memory of time."
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