9/11 museum offers sights and sounds of tragedy

Published on NewsOK Modified: May 14, 2014 at 4:37 pm •  Published: May 14, 2014
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Descend farther — past the battered "survivors' staircase" that hundreds used to escape the burning towers — and there are such artifacts as a mangled piece of the antenna from atop the trade center and a fire truck with its cab shorn off.

And then, through a revolving door, visitors are plunged into the chaos of Sept. 11: fragments of planes, a teddy bear left at the impromptu memorials that arose after the attacks, video of the twin towers collapsing and people running from plumes of dust, footage of an astronaut solemnly describing the smoke plume from high above Earth ("I just wanted the folks to know that their city still looks very beautiful from space," Frank Culbertson says), and the sounds of emergency radio transmissions and office workers calling loved ones.

Sprinkled among stories of heroism are snippets about the hijackers, including photos of all 19 on an inconspicuous panel.

"I'm still processing" the impact of seeing the museum, said Anthony Garner, who lost his brother Harvey on 9/11 and visited on Wednesday. He said it will show visitors "that they're in a very sacred place and a very historic place."