Some of the families of those killed in the September 11, 2001 terror attacks on the World Trade Center are reportedly infuriated by a new 9/11 Museum gift shop at the site, which sells trinkets such as mugs, books, t-shirts and other souvenirs.
The National September 11 Memorial Museum will open its doors Thursday, offering visitors the chance to see 110,000 square feet of exhibitions for $24.
Kurt Horning, whose son Matthew died on 9/11, told The Washington Post that the museum was "crass commercialism on a literally sacred site."
“It’s a burial ground. We don’t think there should be those things offered on that spot. If you want to do it, do it someplace else — but not right there," Horning said.
Nearly 3,000 people were killed at the World Trade Center during the September 11th attacks.
Jim Riches, whose firefighter son, Jimmy, died at the World Trade Center on 9/11, told the Post, "They’re down there selling bracelets; they’re making money off my dead son. I won’t go down there as long as those body parts are in the museum."
Organizers of the museum said the cost of operation, about $65 million annually, will require the support of gift shop revenue in addition to admission fees, CNNreported.
A message on the museum's website states "All net proceeds from our sales are dedicated to developing and sustaining the National September 11 Memorial & Museum. Thank you for helping to build a lasting place for remembrance, reflection, and learning for years to come."
9/11 Memorial CEO and President Joe Daniels has described the museum as a “living testament to our nation’s resiliency.”