The CEO of the 9/11 Tribute Museum said Friday that without quick financial help, the museum will not be able to keep its doors open.
The Tribute Museum is a few blocks from Ground Zero, which is different from the National Museum.
Jim Giaccone has been a volunteer at the museum since 2010 and has led hundreds of walking tours.
He is one of many volunteers who either lost a loved one or survived the September 11 attacks and is now sharing their story.
Giaccone lost his brother on 9/11.
He says the loss of the museum would be devastating not just for him, but for future generations.
“It’s become a vehicle for me to make sure my brother doesn’t disappear because if I tell my story and tell all those people who pass by the tribute museum about my brother, he will never be forgotten and it will never go away,” says Giaccone. “You know it’s been 20 years since this happened and this next generation has nothing to do with the story of 9/11 and the days of living through those horrific and unknown times. It’s very important that we have this ability to teach that next generation.”
The museum relied heavily on tourism, which declined significantly during the pandemic.
Giaccone says the museum needs a “welcome donor” or some sort of partner soon or it won’t be able to continue serving the public.