Ground Zero Museum Workshop in Brief:
The Ground Zero Museum Workshop gives visitors the opportunity to view 80 photos taken during the recovery efforts at Ground Zero and to view select artifacts collected during the recovery. Gary Marlon Suson, the Official Photographer of the Uniformed Firefighters Association and founder of the Ground Zero Museum Workshop, was the only person authorized to take photographs at Ground Zero during the 11 month long recovery effort.
Getting to the Ground Zero Museum Details:
- Address: 420 West 14th St, Floor 2 (9th Ave and Washington St)
- Subways: A/C/E or L to 14th Street
- Phone: 212-209-3370
- Admission: Adults: $25; Children and Seniors: $19; Immediate family members of 9/11 victims and for active FDNY, PAPD and NYPD: Free
- Hours: Admission to the Ground Zero Museum Workshop is only available with advance reservations for a 2-hour timed tour.
Ground Zero Museum Workshop Ticketing:
- Advance tickets are required for admission to the Ground Zero Museum Workshop.
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Good to Know About the Ground Zero Museum Workshop:
- The Ground Zero Museum Workshop is located in the Meatpacking District, but not the area where Ground Zero is actually located.
- A portion of the proceeds of the Ground Zero Museum Workshop is donated to Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation and the FDNY Firefighter Joe Graffagnino Children's Fund
About the Ground Zero Museum Workshop:
A visit to the Ground Zero Museum Workshop begins with a 15 minute film featuring a montage of photographs, as well as an interview with Gary Marlon Suson, whose photographs are at the center of the Ground Zero Museum Workshop. After the film, tour guides introduce some of the important photos and artifacts in the Workshop, and visitors can hold a cross or Star of David forged from World Trade Center remnants, as well as some of the rare pieces of window glass to have survived the collapse of the Twin Towers. Afterward, visitors are free to explore the photos and artifacts on their own with a self-guided audio tour.
As the Official Photographer at Ground Zero for the Uniformed Firefighters Association, Suson was able to capture moving moments and document aspects of the Ground Zero Recovery that the public would have no other way of experiencing. Suson recorded audio commentary for most of the photos, revealing deeper stories behind the photos and artifacts. There are many interesting stories featured about those working at Ground Zero throughout the recovery, including the stories of many Firefighters searching for members of their own families lost on September 11th.
The staff at the Ground Zero Museum Workshop do a great job of creating a comfortable environment for people to experience any emotions that may arise during the visit. There are tissues available, comfortable couches to sit on, and even chocolates in the bathroom.
My only complaint about the Museum is that there seems to be too much focus on the photographer rather than on the events of the recovery, whether it's the quotes on the walls from Suson, the interview included in the introductory film or the signed pictures available for sale. That said, for visitors curious to learn about the Ground Zero Recovery, the Ground Zero Museum Workshop offers an unparalleled experience.