Government $ for 9/11 Memorial/Museum

Mayor Michael Bloomberg guides U.S. Sen. Daniel Inouye of Hawaii on a tour of the 9/11 Memorial at the World Trade Center site. (Photo courtesy of the Office of U.S. Sen. Daniel K. Inouye) via 9/11 Museum

Last week, Senator Daniel Inouye with co-sponsors Charles Schumer, and Kirsten Gillibrand introduced a bill into cogress that would annually provide millions of dollars to the 9/11 Memorial and Museum.

Why am I not surprised?

From the NYT:

Mr. Daniels [chief executive of the 9/11 Memorial/Museum] hailed the idea as “a new model” of partnership between the federal government and charitable foundations that operate sites of national significance. “That’s one of the reasons we’re only asking for an amount in the range of one-third of annual budgets.”

The foundation estimates that it will cost as much as $60 million a year to maintain the memorial and run the museum. Under the proposal, the foundation’s board would be responsible for the rest of that amount, either through private donations or admission fees collected from visitors to the museum. Mr. Daniels said the museum would still have to sell tickets or request donations from visitors to cover part of the costs.

Holding down the cost of entry to the museum was the primary goal of Mr. Schumer and Ms. Gillibrand in pushing for the financing, a spokesman for Mr. Schumer said. The annual appropriation from Congress would “certainly reduce the amount that we otherwise would have had to charge,” Mr. Daniels said.


2 Comments on “Government $ for 9/11 Memorial/Museum”

  1. Jon says:

    It’ll cost over $164,000 dollars per day to run that thing? That seems a bit high…

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