9/11 Museum Counts 300K Visitors Since May Opening

NEW YORK (AP) -

Over 300,000 people have visited the Sept. 11 museum since it opened little more than a month ago, exceeding expectations, officials said.

Organizers see it as a strong start for the Ground Zero museum, which had faced questions about its $24 ticket price. The attendance total has topped projections by about 5 percent since it opened to the public May 21 and to 9/11 survivors and victims’ relatives six days earlier.

Joe Lock and his family had visited the World Trade Center on a trip from Fort Wayne, Ind., a month before the 2001 terror attacks. On returning to New York this month, he said, “This was one of the first things we wanted to see,” as they left the National Sept. 11 Memorial Museum on Tuesday.

“It lets you heal a little bit,” said Lock, 56, a lab manager.

Organizers have said they hope to draw 2.5 million visitors a year, and museum president Joe Daniels says they projected 1.5 million through the rest of 2014.