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New York City has dozens of incredible museums covering everything from art and space to the history of the subway. Maybe it’s on your bucket list to visit them all, but in the meantime, these are the 12 best museums in Manhattan you should visit first.
Opened in 2011 on the World Trade Center site, the museum presents the history of the attacks on the Twin Towers and the Pentagon, as well as the hijacking of United Airlines Flight 93, on September 11, 2001, and the bombing under the WTC’s North Tower on February 26, 1993. Visitors can explore interactive video timelines of these grievous events, hear audio testimony from survivors and learn about the heroism of the firefighters, police and ordinary citizens who responded to them. There’s also a memorial section dedicated to each individual victim of the attacks. The museum has assembled 11,000 artifacts from ground zero, including many personal and professional belongings of people who died or were injured: firemen’s helmets, business cards, a pair of bloodstained high-heeled shoes, a rag doll. Visiting parents are warned that such items may distress children.