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Public 'overwhelmed' as 9/11 museum opens

Published on May 22, 2014 6:29 AM
People designated to assist with transferring the National 9/11 Flag, donated by New York Says Thank You Foundation, hold it aloft on the grounds of the 9/11 Memorial Plaza before donating it to the National Sept 11 Memorial Museum in New York on May 21, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

NEW YORK (AFP) - New York’s 9/11 museum opened to the general public on Wednesday, praised by early visitors as an overwhelming and beautiful tribute to the survivors and nearly 3,000 victims.

The National September 11 Memorial Museum, built into the bedrock of the World Trade Center Twin Towers, documents the attacks, their impact and legacy with 10,000 artifacts.

It was inaugurated last week at a ceremony attended by President Barack Obama but on Wednesday, ordinary Americans and foreign visitors got their first chance to visit.

Many of the first to emerge said they were reduced to tears by exhibits that include a crushed fire engine, powerful photographs and voice messages of those who were killed.

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