On Wednesday, people nationwide will commemorate the 18th anniversary of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. Following the attacks at the World Trade Center, Pentagon and on United Airlines Flight 93, several memorials were erected across the country.

The National September 11 Memorial and Museum, located in New York City, is the country’s principal institution for learning about the events of that day, the implications and the aftermath. With 110,000 square feet of exhibition space, the museum uses multimedia displays, archives, narratives and monumental and authentic artifacts to tell the story.

Those who find themselves in New York City on September 11 will not be able to visit the national museum, although there will be time to see the memorial.

Usually, the museum is open from 9 a.m. ET until 8 p.m. ET on Sunday through Thursday and then until 9 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. However, on Wednesday, in observance of the 18th anniversary, the museum will be closed to the public for the entire day.

The Historical Exhibition, one of three, is designed to teach about the events of the day as they unfolded, the historical context leading up to 9/11 and life after the attacks. In the Memorial Exhibition, visitors can see photographs of the victims and learn about their lives by using touch-screen tablets to look up individual profiles. There is also a rotating selection of victims’ personal items on display. The items were donated to the museum by family members.

Witness at Ground Zero, the third exhibition, draws on the more than 500 pictures that were captured by French photographer and video director Stephane Sednaoui. After witnessing the attacks, he volunteered in the rescue efforts at Ground Zero.

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