The 9/11 Memorial & Museum is back open for in-person visits (with requirements for masks, advanced booking and other safety measures), but for visitors who’d feel safer at home — or can’t travel to New York right now — the museum now offers virtual tours as well.
Virtual tours run seven days a week for $15 apiece, and take visitors down a series of ramps into the museum, a design choice meant to replicate the feeling of first responders heading down into Ground Zero.
The 45-minute live virtual tours walk guests through panoramic views of the structure as well as up-close looks at the exhibits, including “Trying to Remember the Color of the Sky on That September Morning.” The installation by artist Spencer Finch features 2,983 water color tiles in varying shades of blue, meant to commemorate each victim of the attack.
Virtual tours also highlight remnants of the original structure, including staircases used by hundreds of World Trade Center workers to escape the towers. Tours are interactive and conducted over Zoom, giving guests the opportunity to ask questions and learn from museum staff.
Virtual tour options for groups or school field trips are available as well. Tours can be booked online via the museum’s website.