Lower Manhattan’s 9/11 Tribute Museum — a astir 30,000-square-foot abstraction located 3 blocks from the World Trade Center tract — volition unopen its doors Wednesday afternoon, just weeks shy of the 21st day of the panic attacks.
The Greenwich Street museum, which archetypal debuted successful 2006 adjacent connected Liberty Street, has struggled to enactment afloat since the 2020 onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Two-thirds of our income gross annually comes from our earned income from admissions,” Jennifer Adams-Webb, co-founder of the depository and the CEO of the September 11th Families’ Association, told The Post. “We were wholly closed for six months successful 2020. We had been averaging 300,000 visitors a twelvemonth … and past twelvemonth we had a full of 26,000 visitors, truthful it wholly annihilated our earned income.”
A destination for acquisition and for assemblage enactment among survivors and household members of those who died connected 9/11, the depository moved to its 92 Greenwich St. determination successful 2017. The archetypal six months of 2022 saw astir the aforesaid fig of visitors arsenic the entirety of 2021, but outstanding superior indebtedness combined with still-low visitation required a hard determination to beryllium reached.
“There’s nary mode we’re going to beryllium capable to excavation retired of this astatine this rate,” said Adams-Webb. “We request the authorities oregon the metropolis to measurement successful with different partners to beryllium capable to say, ‘We worth you. We privation to prevention this organization,’ but astatine this point, we can’t proceed to excavation into a hole.”
The 9/11 Tribute Museum had been a stopping constituent for American and planetary visitors on the way of visiting the Statue of Liberty earlier heading to the National September 11 Memorial & Museum, close wherever the Twin Towers erstwhile stood. But now, the galleries — visited by much than 5 cardinal radical since 2006 — volition beryllium disassembled for artifacts to beryllium sent to the New York State Museum successful Albany, which volition support the bulk of the collection. (An online beingness volition service to support acquisition resources and enactment going.)
Still, the location basal volition beryllium gone — and without authorities intervention, according to Adams-Webb, it’s improbable to return.
“We’re precise arrogant of what we’ve been capable to accomplish, but … the spot for the 9/11 assemblage to travel is not here,” she said. “It’s a immense nonaccomplishment for those radical who called this their 2nd home, wherever they could travel and stock their communicative … There’s nary depository that has the dual ngo we person to enactment the assemblage and besides amended visitors that travel here.”