Lee Ielpi with visitors at steel column in the 9/11 Tribute Center

The 9/11 Tribute Center is a project of the September 11th Families’ Association which brings together those who want to learn about 9/11 with those who experienced it.

Our Mission

The 9/11 Tribute Center invites visitors to share personal stories of the 9/11 community — family members who lost loved ones, survivors, first responders and rescue workers, civilian volunteers, and community residents whose healing is a testament to the perseverance of the human spirit.

We provide an understanding of the loss and impact of 9/11 while inspiring the power of resilience and recovery.

I have to speak for those that are no longer with us” -First Responder

Preserving Our History

The 9/11 Tribute Center allows the public to personally pay tribute to 9/11 through compelling and powerful exhibits, teacher and educational resources, and programs. We collect oral histories and visitor reflections on the effect September 11th has on our world.

I get to work with a great group of volunteers. In the end, I have received so much more back from my tours then I could ever give. And that is truly a gift.” -Survivor

Supporting the 9/11 Community

Our guides have created a welcoming community of remembrance, reflection and healing.

The 9/11 Tribute Center has trained a corps of more than 600 trained guides and at any given time there are at least 200 guides ready to lead daily tours of the 9/11 Tribute Center and 9/11 Memorial. These guides share their personal stories of the events of 9/11. More than 250,000 visitors from around the nation and the world have experienced our tours.

The 9/11 Tribute Center really helped me realize that although there was so much sadness, we can be positive… Thank you for being so positive.” -High school student from New York City

Teaching Future Generations

Stories from the 9/11 community are a bridge from the past to the present, helping students and teachers convey the significant impact of 9/11 in history and in shaping the future.

The 9/11 Tribute Center offers students grades 4-12 the unique opportunity to learn about September 11th by interacting with the personal stories of those who were there, a rare opportunity in historical learning.

Since we opened our doors, 80,000 students have been inspired by our galleries and our guides. Online, more than 42,000 classrooms have used our oral history videos and materials for their classrooms.

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HRibbon cutting ceremony for Tribute with former Governor George Pataki and former Mayor Michael Bloomberg
9/11 Tribute Center, a project of the September 11th Families’ Association, a 501(c)3 non profit, began serving the public in 2006. Read More »


Lee Ielpi and Jennifer Adams-Webb
9/11 Tribute Center is led by 9/11 family members, first responders, survivors, civilian volunteers, residents and recovery workers. Read More »