WASHINGTON, Aug. 19, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- To mark the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, the Newseum today announced it will host special programs and will expand its exhibits to include never-before-displayed artifacts from the World Trade Center attacks and an opportunity for visitors to share their personal experiences.
The Newseum's 9/11 Gallery, sponsored by Comcast, is the first permanent museum exhibit about the terrorist attacks. The gallery features a 31-foot section of the broadcast antenna that stood atop the World Trade Center's North Tower, a limestone cornice piece from the damaged section of the Pentagon and a twisted piece of fuselage recovered from the field near Shanksville, Pa., where United Flight 93 went down.
With additional support from Comcast, new digital kiosks will be added to the gallery on Sept. 7 so that visitors can share their personal experiences from 9/11 and comment on how life has changed for them since that day. A selection of visitor comments will be projected on the wall of the gallery.
As part of the 9/11 commemoration, the Newseum will have a special admissions policy, offering free admission to all visitors on Saturday, Sept. 10, and Sunday, Sept. 11, 2011.
"Our 9/11 Gallery is one of the most visited and memorable exhibits in the Newseum," said Charles L. Overby, chairman and CEO of the Newseum. "We hope that by offering free admission on Sept. 10 and Sept. 11, many more visitors will have an opportunity to experience this important reminder of why we should never forget 9/11."
On Sept. 2, the Newseum will unveil a new section of its popular FBI exhibit that will focus on the FBI's role in fighting terrorism before and after Sept. 11, 2001, from the first World Trade Center bombing in 1993 through the 9/11 investigation and the case of shoe bomber Richard Reid. Sixty new artifacts will be displayed, including engine parts and landing gear from the planes that crashed into the World Trade Center and the shoes Reid rigged with explosives in a failed terrorist attempt to blow up a passenger airliner.
Other new items include artifacts from ABC News reporter John Miller, who was the last Western reporter to interview al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden before the 9/11 attacks. Two original videos explore how Miller tracked down bin Laden for his 1998 interview, and how the FBI changed after 9/11.
The Newseum also will host two special programs examining the impact of the terrorist attacks on American life today. At 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 7, Charles Gibson, former anchor of ABC's World News, will moderate a discussion looking back on 9/11 with former White House press secretary Ari Fleischer, former Pentagon spokeswoman Victoria Clarke and NBC Pentagon reporter Jim Miklaszewski. At 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 10, CNN national security analyst Peter Bergen and former ABC News correspondent John Miller will share their experiences interviewing 9/11 mastermind Osama bin Laden.
For more information on the 9/11 programs, exhibits and free admission, visit newseum.org.
The Newseum is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily and is closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day. Admission is $21.95 for adults, $17.95 for seniors (65 and older) and $12.95 for youth (7-18). Annual memberships also are available.