Sept. 11 museum moves forward with admission-fee plans

The 9/11 Memorial in its current state. (Joe Woolhead/Silverstein Properties)
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The National Sept. 11 Memorial and Museum is standing by its plan to charge a fee for admission, despite opposition from victims' families.

Delivering an update to a City Council committee Wednesday afternoon, museum president Joe Daniels anticipated a fee "in the low twenty-dollar range for a full-price adult ticket."

He reiterated that families of victims will be admitted for free, and said he plans to offer a dedicated time each week when the museum will be free to the public as well.

"The museum admission will be the primary source of revenue available to operate and maintain the Memorial and Museum at a level that befits the national history they represent," he said. "No other institution in the world is charged with maintaining and operating two national icons of the Memorial and Museum's scale and complexity, in addition to providing resources for educational programs, visitor services, security and other expenses required to operate an institution that receives more than 5 million annual visitors."

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The much-awaited museum opening is slated to take place in "the spring of 2014," Daniels said.

In defending the fee, Daniels told Council members, "The issue now is Washington is proving difficult to secure funding from."

He added, "We want every American to visit this museum."

There is no steady source of government funding yet for the museum, which has a projected annual operating budget of $60 million.