Before museums, historians had to rely on unreliable documentation strategies such as word-of-mouth storytelling and images scrawled on Etch A Sketches. Immerse yourself in an accurate portrayal of recent American history with today’s Groupon for a Ground Zero Museum Workshop: Images & Artifacts Tour in Lower Manhattan. Tours take place at varying times and days and can sell out, so check the workshop’s tour schedule for full listings and availability. Choose between the following two options:
- For $15, you get one tour admission (a $25 value).
- For $25, you get two tour admissions (a $50 value).
Inspired by the Netherlands’ Anne Frank House for its ability to turn large-scale tragedy into a powerful collective memorial, the Ground Zero Museum Workshop displays 100 artifacts that were integral to the 9/11 recovery effort. Lauded by CNN for its vast collection of images and artifacts that give citizens a chance to see Ground Zero through the eyes of firefighters, the museum’s collection houses dozens of images by Gary Marlon Suson, official Ground Zero photographer for the Uniformed Firefighters Association of Greater New York. An honorary battalion chief in the Fire Department of New York, Suson is the founder of the museum and a dogged documentarian of the initial rescue efforts.
During the two-hour tour, guests hear stories behind the artifacts—from tools used for on-site digging to worn-in recovery garb—from one of the museum’s encyclopedic guides, some of whom participated in recovery efforts. Additionally, each tour-taker gets a set of headphones for a self-guided audio tour of the museum, available in Spanish, French, Italian, and English. With no graphic footage or images from the attacks, the tour is appropriate for children and families.
Ground Zero Museum Workshop
Ground Zero Museum Workshop founder and official photographer at Ground Zero for the Uniformed Firefighters Association, Gary Marlon Suson aims to lend education and comfort to locals and visitors with a photo exhibition documenting nearly nine months of the Ground Zero Recovery. As various artifacts culled from the site's rubble complement an image collection lauded by the New York Times, the space stands as a permanent museum detailing the buildings, victims, heroes, and aftermath of the tragedy. To further its cause, Ground Zero Museum Workshop shares raised funds and proceeds to benefit three special charities relating to the 9/11 attacks. The Museum was also named by TripAdvisor as one of the top 25 museums in the USA.