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Thursday will be the first Sept. 11th in 13 years that the public will have access to the World Trade Center. The memorial will still be closed for most of the day for the annual 9/11 commemoration ceremony honoring the nearly 3,000 people killed on the day, but after 6 p.m. it will be open to anyone wishing to pay their respects or get a closer view of the Tribute in Light installation representing the Twin Towers, which is visible after sundown.
Joe Daniels, president of the memorial and museum, called it “an important milestone” in the development of the memorial and museum.
In addition, the memorial and museum have recently started several new programs:
Starting on Sept. 10, N.Y.P.D. bagpipers now perform at the memorial every Wednesday at 1:30 p.m.
There is free access to the museum on Tuesday evenings from 5 p.m. until close. Tickets can be obtained online up to two weeks in advance, and reservations fill up quickly (www.911memorial.org).