FINANCIAL DISTRICT — The 9/11 Memorial Museum has set a $24 price for admission, officials said Thursday.
The price "will help fulfill our obligation to commemorate and preserve the history of 9/11," memorial president Joe Daniels said in a statement. "It will also enable educational programming that will teach the nature of and responsibility for the special freedoms we have."
The long-delayed underground museum at the World Trade Center site is slated to finally open in May. The institution will feature exhibits on the events of 9/11, the victims and the aftermath.
Officials have long said that they planned to charge up to $25 for admission to the museum without a membership, a fee some New Yorkers have said they consider too high.
Family members of 9/11 victims will never have to pay admission to the museum. The public will be able to visit for free for three hours on Tuesday evenings, and there will be discounts for seniors, students, first responders and recovery workers, the Wall Street Journal reported.
Last year, the museum began offering discounted rates for inaugural membership plans.
Those who join before April 2014 will receive a 10 percent discount on any of the six annual packages, which range from $70 for a single person to $2,000 for a “Patron’s Circle” level, according to the museum's website.
Daniels said the $24 tickets at the museum will enable the 9/11 memorial, which opened two years ago, to remain free.