9/11 Tribute Museum Future in danger without immediate assistance – NBC New York

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The 9/11 Tribute Museum is on life support.

Staff say the Lower Manhattan museum will close permanently, a decision made after a sharp drop in visitor numbers since the COVID-19 pandemic.

The museum is located on Greenwich Street, not far from the National September 11 Memorial Museum which sits next to the Memorial Pools on the site where the former Twin Towers stood.

“My fear is that there remains a huge void for people who are still suffering from post-traumatic stress from illnesses and cancers,” said Jennifer Adams.

The museum was started by FDNY widows who wanted a place to tell the stories of those they lost in the 9/11 attacks.

“There’s no one better to tell the story of what happened that day and also, their resilience and recovery,” Adams said.

This includes Paul Conlin, an FDNY captain who responded to 9/11 from Williamsburg. One of his men, firefighter Danny Suhr, was the first to die that day.

Conlin returns to Lower Manhattan to volunteer at the museum, teaching tourists and New Yorkers the sights, sounds, and horrors he witnessed as a firefighter that day.

“We’re moving forward and we’re maybe about 100 yards from the entrance when a jumper, a person jumped off the World Trade Center from somewhere, landed on Daniel Suhr,” he recalls.

“I just like to try to let them know that you know, 13 people are still alive because of [Suhr],” he added.

The museum’s reliance on international tourism has made it unsustainable during the pandemic. Annual admissions fell significantly to 26,000 last year from 150,000 in 2019.

Conlin worries that if the 9/11 Tribute Museum doesn’t get a financial infusion, stories like Suhr’s won’t be told.

Museum leaders say they hope elected officials or philanthropists will act soon to preserve important pieces of history.

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