The tiny Ground Zero Museum Workshop – the “Biggest Little Museum in New York” – in the Meat-Packing District is so powerful that its staff has found it necessary to place boxes of tissue around the room for those who break down during their visit. Among the most moving juxtapositions is the one that includes a photograph of the clock in the PATH workers’ exercise room stopped at 10:02 and 14 seconds, the moment when the North Tower collapsed, and the clock itself. At 1000 square feet, this mini-museum can accommodate just 24 visitors at a time, who must schedule in advance for their two-hour slot. Unlike the experience at St. Paul’s Chapel, that at the Ground Zero Museum Workshop is thoroughly tactile and gritty, including plenty of dirt and seemingly random debris from the pit. In the words of its brochure: “3-D installations, complete with dirt, will make you feel as if you ‘were there’ when the images were taken….”
Visitors are even invited to touch a piece of glass from the Twin Towers.