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  • 15 May 2014, 12:19

Museum's Harrowing Reminder Of 9/11 Attacks

Final voicemails of victims and images of people falling from the Twin Towers are among the harrowing symbols of the September 11 attacks being unveiled at a new museum in Ground Zero.

Tens of thousands of artefacts, photographs, videos and recordings will be on show as the venue opens its doors to survivors of the attacks, victims' families and first responders.

President Barack Obama will attend the dedication ceremony before the museum opens to general public on May 21.

On entering the museum, visitors will see rusted tops of two of the World Trade Center's trident-shaped columns.

They will then walk through a dark corridor where recordings of voices of people remembering the day will be played before being led to a structure covered with the numbers of police precincts and firehouses and other messages.

A staircase used by hundreds to escape the burning towers is also on show with other artefacts including a mangled piece of the antenna from the top of the trade center and a fire engine with its cab shorn off.

Visitors will then be shown fragments of planes, a teddy bear left at the impromptu memorials that arose after the attacks, while the sounds of emergency radio transmissions and office workers calling loved ones will be played.

Museum President Joe Daniels said: "You won't walk out of this museum without a feeling that you understand humanity in a deeper way.

"And for a museum, if we can achieve that objective, we've done our job."

Before its completion the project suffered construction problems, financial arguments and disputes over the best way to honour the nearly 3,000 people killed in New York, Washington and Pennsylvania.

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