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Revealed: The Hunt for Bin Laden at the National 9/11 Memorial Museum

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The 9/11 Memorial & Museum is the country’s principal institution concerned with exploring 9/11, documenting its impact, and examining its continuing significance. Honoring those who were killed in the 2001 and 1993 attacks is at the heart of our mission.

Located at the World Trade Center in New York City, the 9/11 Memorial Museum tells the story of 9/11 through media, narratives, and a collection of monumental and authentic artifacts, presenting visitors with personal stories of loss, recovery, and hope.

The video at the top of this page shares about the declassified U.S. government documents and artifacts that are part of an exhibit detailing the mission that ended with Osama bin Laden’s death in Pakistan in 2011. The exhibit opens Nov. 15, 2019 at the National 9/11 Memorial & Museum .

Based on unprecedented access to the agencies and people who conducted the hunt, Revealed: The Hunt for Bin Laden examines the intelligence and military activities that led to a compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, where Osama bin Laden was killed nearly 10 years after 9/11.  

The exhibition follows the years-long search for the leader of al-Qaeda. The story begins with pre-9/11 attacks on U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania and on the USS Cole in Yemen, continues through bin Laden’s disappearance in Afghanistan’s Tora Bora mountains after 9/11, and culminates in the Navy SEAL raid on his hideout.

The exhibition includes interviews with key figures: President Barack Obama, CIA Director Leon Panetta, and the commander of the raid, Admiral William McRaven, among many others.    

The 9/11 Memorial & Museum has also gained unparalleled access to intelligence officers who were key to the hunt and military members who carried out the raid. In many cases, these individuals are speaking publicly for the first time, detailing how the hunt carried on over years, despite disappointment and sacrifice. 

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