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Ground Zero's 9/11 Museum Will Charge $24


If you're coming to New York City later this year, you will have set aside some more cash to see its biggest new attraction. The new 9/11 Museum at Ground Zero in Lower Manhattan will charge one of the highest admission prices of any museum in New York City: $24 for adults.

"A general admission ticket of $24 will help fulfill our obligation to commemorate and preserve the history of 9/11," said the memorial president, Joe Daniels, in a statement. "The 9/11 Memorial does not yet receive government support for ongoing operations as many other important museums of our national history do."

The city's new mayor, Bill de Blasio, has begged the U.S. government to kick in some funding.

Last year, the organizers of the 110,000-square-feet museum had warned that a fee of between $20 and $25 would be necessary to offset costs of the much-delayed project, which the New York Post called "too grandiose and too complex for the start," estimating it would cost around $1 billion.

Manhattan's Metropolitan Museum of Art charges a "recommended" fee of $25 for adults, and the Museum of Modern Art charges a mandatory $25 fee for adults. That means visitors to New York will now spend $75 seeing those two museums and the new 9/11 facility.

The memorial plaza containing the two huge square fountains, which opened in 2011, will remain free. Only the exhibitions in the indoor museum will be charged. An official opening date for the museum has not yet been announced.