One of the museum’s sponsors, Condé Nast, has pledged to pay for every ticket of the hundreds of people expected to attend the opening. Free tickets were still available for each time slot between 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. as of noon Wednesday, according to the ticketing website.
“This is a terrific contribution from a partner,” said Joe Daniels, president of the National September 11 Memorial & Museum. “I sincerely believe others will be inspired by Condé Nast's generosity in supporting the 9/11 Memorial Museum in this special way."
Prior to the official public launch, officials will open the underground museum around the clock for six days, from May 15-20, as a preview for victims' family members, first responders and Lower Manhattan residents. That time is meant as a tribute to the recovery workers who were at the site 24 hours a day after the attack.
After May 21, museum tickets will cost $24, with discounts for students, seniors and first responders. Organizers plan to offer free admission on Tuesday nights from 5-8 p.m. Relatives of 9/11 victims and first responders can register with the memorial for free admission, officials said. Tickets are necessary to enter the site.
Museum exhibits include an "In Memoriam," which pays tribute to the 2,983 victims of both the 9/11 attacks and the 1993 World Trade Center bombing. Another exhibit will look into what prompted the terrorist attacks and how the world reacted to the violence.