The 9/11 Memorial organization, a non-profit group taking-care of 9/11 museum and memorial park, first contacted Google in 2008 to explore ideas on how our technology might be used to enhance the experience for people visiting museum (currently under construction) and on its website. Several ideas were proposed, including the use of Street View, which the group added to their Make History website in 2009. “We requested design drawings, artist renderings, and any other visual materials that could be used to construct a 3D model, and went to work. Mason Thrall, one of our most experienced 3D modelers was the first to volunteer to develop a model of the park. The 9/11 Memorial group incorporated “Google Earth plugin” into their website, and developed KML placemarks that help orient visitors to site. Take a 3D tour of the 9/11 Memorial and Museum within the context of surrounding landscape of lower Manhattan.
9/11 memorial is scheduled to open next year, however you can experience today via Google Earth on their website.