The 9/11 Museum opened recently in New York City. It is located at Ground Zero of the 9/11 attacks and follows the promise of never forgetting the impact that the attacks had on New York City and our nation. However, there is a little unrest in relation to the museum’s operation. If you want to go inside there is a hefty $24 admission charge. And like most museums these days, there is a gift shop that sells trinkets and souvenirs commemorating the day of the attacks.
It is often said that beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and while a perusal of the museum’s website shows most souvenirs done very respectfully, there are many critics who argue that many are tacky, disrespects the memory of the 9/11 victims, and dishonors the hallowed ground where the museum sits. The revenue raised by admission charges and the merchandise sales is intended to fund the museum since there is no public funding for the venue. It is also important to note that the museum will cost more than $60 million dollars annually to operate.
In order for the museum to truly capture the spirit of honoring those that perished, there has to be a business plan to keep it funded for perpetuity. We understand that. However, the souvenirs should be tasteful - no exceptions - and the admission charge minimized. Perhaps all Americans should be provided the opportunity to give to and underwrite the operating costs of the memorial. It could be that simple. The museum looks like it appropriately captures the goal of honoring those lost, now it needs to operate with the same goal.
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