SOUND OFF: Should 9/11 Museum charge admission?

Some visitors upset at admission fee


The 9/11 Memorial Museum opens Wednesday after an emotional dedication ceremony, but some victims' families are outraged that visitors will have to pay admission.

While families of 9/11 victims and 9/11 rescue and recovery workers will not have to buy a ticket, adult visitors will face a $24 admission fee. Seniors, U.S. veterans and college students will be charged $18, while youth 7-17 must have a $15 ticket.

Part of the museum contains a repository of remains that remain unidentified since the attack in 2001. The repository is not accessible to the public, and family members of victims can arrange to visit outside of normal museum operating hours.

Jim Riches lost his son Jimmy, a firefighter, at the World Trade Center. "My son's friends are going to have to pay $24 to go down and pay their respects," Riches told ABC News's Gio Benitez. "I think that's a disgrace. It's the only cemetery in the world where you have to pay a fee to get in."

The museum's website states that admission is free for all visitors on Tuesday evenings from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

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