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September 11th memorial museum

In New York City, a new World Trade Center juts into the skyline.

Today a new September 11th memorial museum opens to ensure a time capsule of the day America will never forget.

At Ground Zero, below the new World Trade Center one of the largest memorial museums in the world is set to open its doors.
The 9/11 memorial museum is a journey back to a day America will never forget.

Clocks and watches frozen in time, a mangled fire truck, the uniforms worn by the heroes - the first responders.

Charles Wolf, "Its emotional. Very, very, very emotional."

The museum doesn't just house artifacts, it is an artifact.
That's the bedrock from the World Trade Towers.
The steel beams.
The survivor stairs -- an escape route used by hundreds during the attack.

Joe Daniels, "Running down these stairs to safety was a lifeline."

On the walls, plaques and screens show how 9/11 unfolded minute by minute.
It's also a sacred place filled with tributes to the people killed in New York, and at the Pentagon, and in Shankesville, Pennsylvania.

Former Mayor Bloomberg, "The museum is a place where you can come to understand 9/11 through the lives of those who were killed and the lives of those who rushed here to help."

Before the public begins seeing it next Wednesday, the survivors, the families of the victims, and first responders will take tours.

Joe Daniels, "Folks who are so deeply a part of the history that this museum shares, will be our very first guests. These individuals are the ones whose voices tell the history."

This was a project marked by construction problem, arguments over the $700 million budget, and the best way to honor the victims.

The dedication takes place later this morning with the President of the United States, first Lady and families of the victims.