Re-Remembering 9/11: The New Ground Zero Museum

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The way we look at 9/11 is about to undergo a radical change.

Quietly, as the city focuses on the ground zero mosque and Condé Nast's planned move to the neighborhood, Joe Daniels has been working on a $700 million monument to the dead. Mr. Daniels, president of the foundation behind the 9/11 Memorial and Museum at ground zero, is doing more than simply planning a museum-he and his team may well be reframing the dialogue about that day in a surprisingly forthright and confrontational way.

The 9/11 Memorial and Museum is widely expected to immediately become one of the city's largest tourist attractions, projected to draw between five million and seven million visitors when its first phase opens in September 2011. But far from being the toothless, tasteful tribute to American greatness many expected after an earlier incarnation, the International Freedom Center, was abandoned five years ago, the revamped museum promises an unblinking account of the violence and terror of Sept. 11, 2001. Its choices could define American thought about 9/11 for decades....

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