The 9/11 Museum at Ground Zero displays the aftermath of the most heinous attack in American history. It also features a gift shop that has many New Yorkers, especially those who lost family members on that ill-fated day, furious.
Not only does the museum cost $24 per ticket, it also features $22 NYPD t-shirts, $70 earrings, $65 Pandora bracelet firefighter charms, and even FDNY dog vests and countess phone cases, DVDs, stuffed animals, and toy fire trucks.
Diane Horning says “to me, it’s the crassest, most insensitive thing to have a commercial enterprise at the place where my son died. Here is essentially our tomb of the unknown. To sell baubles I find quite shocking and repugnant. I think it’s a money-making venture to support inflated salaries, and they’re willing to do it over my son’s dead body.”
The museum has only been opened to families of victims and will be opened to the public on Wednesday. John Feal, who runs a non-profit to support sick 9/11 first responders, says the museum could have at least waited until the public was allowed in.
Feal said “these people are suffering, and they don’t need to be reaching into their pockets. The museum could have gone six days without asking for money.”
Former fire department chief Jim Riches said “look, it’s not the Natural History Museum. I know plenty of guys who won’t go down there because they were there for months when it was Dante’s inferno. The memories are just too much. They simply won’t go back.”
Even politicians have come out against the idea of the gift shop. State Senator Martin Golden said “I honestly don’t think it’s appropriate — selling scarves to commercialize the deaths of 3,000 people. I don’t think it is right.”