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Steel Artifacts in Place as 9/11 Museum Nears Completion
Posted by Tasha Weiss on September 11, 2013 at 4:39 PM.

As the nation observes the 12th anniversary of 9/11 today, construction is progressing on the 9/11 Memorial Museum, which features steel artifacts such as two steel “tridents” from the original Twin Towers and the “Last Column.”


9-11-museum-steel-tridents.jpgThe three-pronged steel tridents, part of the World Trade Center facade, are on display in the Museum’s grand glass atrium, where they are visible from the outdoor Memorial. Photo: Amy Dreher, 9/11 Memorial


Standing 36 ft tall, the Last Column is planted as the centerpiece in a space called Foundation Hall. The 58-ton steel column was removed from the original site in a ceremony that marked the official end of the recovery effort. It is adorned from its base to the top with photographs, prayer cards and other tributes left by first responders and recovery workers.


To date, 24 large artifacts have been permanently installed inside the Museum. Of those, 19 are located within the historical exhibition, which will chronicle the history of 9/11 and explore its continued impacts.


“The progress inside the Museum has been remarkable. As we move toward the Museum opening in the spring 2014, it is rewarding and deeply moving to see this historical institution taking shape,” said 9/11 Memorial president Joe Daniels. “From iconic pieces of steel carrying messages of the recovery effort to rescue vehicles representing the bravery and courage of our first responders, these artifacts will preserve the powerful story of 9/11 for generations to come.”


More than 8,000 tons of structural steel was used in the 9/11 Memorial and Museum; the Memorial nears its third year of operation at the World Trade Center site. To learn more about the 9/11 Memorial and Museum, visit


Other significant milestones at the site include the completed steel installation at the 1 World Trade Center and 4 World Trade Center towers. For more information on the World Trade Center’s construction progress, visit

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