Visitors upset by gift shop at National Sept. 11 Memorial Museum
NEW YORK - The newly opened National Sept. 11 Memorial Museum in lower Manhattan is already stirring controversy over the decision to include a gift shop.
The gift shop has T-shirts, books and a number of other 9/11 related items for sale. All proceeds go toward maintaining and running the museum, which has a $63 million operating budget.
Some argue that the shop goes against the museum's purpose of honoring victims and is making a profit from tragedy.
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The memorial museum had also tried unsuccessfully to obtain federal funds to help defray costs, including a $24 admission fee. It is free, however, to rescue workers and relatives of those killed in the attacks.
The museum was dedicated last Thursday in a ceremony attended by survivors, rescuers, victims' families and President Barack Obama. It's currently only open to the 9/11 community, but will open to the general public on Wednesday.