Bin Laden Exhibition Revealed at 9/11 Memorial & Museum

On view now, Revealed: The Hunt for Bin-Laden explores the search for a key perpetrator of the 9/11 terror attacks. The 9/11 Memorial & Museum presents this exhibition at its downtown Manhattan location near the former site of the Twin Towers.

The exhibition organizers collaborated with government officials, journalists, and other experts to create an in-depth look at the bin Laden manhunt. Even before the tragedy of September 11, 2001, officials searched for the founder of the terrorist organization al-Qaeda. The exhibition will trace this search until its dramatic conclusion: SEAL Team Six’s execution of bin Laden on May 1, 2011. 

Revealed The Hunt for Bin Laden 9/11 Memorial Museum

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Declassified artifacts can be viewed alongside testimonials from many of the key players in the search for bin Laden. One of the exhibition objects is a commemorative coin marked with the date of bin Laden’s death by U.S. Navy SEALS. This event, part of Operation Neptune Spear, ended a decade-long search for bin Laden. His hiding place and the site of his death, a large compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, is on view as a miniature model. President Barack Obama and his advisors used this model to strategize in anticipation of the raid. Later, SEAL Team Six would practice the raid in two different life-sized reproductions of the building.

Revealed The Hunt for Bin Laden

The successful discovery of Osama bin Laden represents over ten years of tireless work from people throughout the U.S. government and beyond. This manhunt, as depicted in Revealed, also demonstrates changes in intelligence-gathering as well as the process of developing military strategy. In addition to text, artifacts, and photographs, this exhibition contains an immersive digital experience that brings visitors further into the action.  

Mary Galligan is a former special agent for the FBI and one of the exhibition advisors. “This exhibition serves as a testament to the United States’ determination to never forget,” said Galligan in a press release. “Meticulously researched, and with even-handed reporting of sensitive topics, the exhibition captures the tireless efforts and tenacity of those professionals whose mission it was to hunt down the leader of al-Qaeda. While we may never know their names, we now know their stories.” 

In another portion of the exhibition, you can record your thoughts about 9/11 and the current realities of terrorism worldwide in a recording booth. The 9/11 Memorial Museum stores these recordings and may use your voice someday as part of its ongoing Reflecting on 9/11 gallery.

Revealed: The Hunt for Bin-Laden is open now and will close in May, 2021. 

The 9/11 Memorial & Museum is located at 180 Greenwich Street. For tickets and more information, call 212-312-8800 or visit

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Merrill Lee Girardeau lives and writes in Brooklyn.

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