One World Trade Center

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One World Observatory

As the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere, there's no better place to take in the Manhattan skyline.

  • See Forever

    1. See Forever

    This 3D theater combines time-lapse images with various colors and textures to provide a visual representation of New York's unbeatable pulse.

  • City Pulse

    2. City Pulse

    Wondering what all New York City's ants down below on the ground are getting up to? City Pulse lets you virtually visit different nooks and crannies that the city has to offer.

  • Restaurant

    3. Restaurant

    How many times can you say you've dined over 500 meters in the air? Sample some local cuisine or simply take in the view over a coffee.

  • Sky Pod Elevator

    4. Sky Pod Elevator

    As you whizz up to the 102nd floor on this elevator, you'll watch the incredible, virtual development of New York from the times of European settlement in the 16th century until the present day.

  • 5. Voices

    This exhibition is dedicated to those who built the World Trade Center. This is followed by the Foundations exhibition, which lets you see the ground beneath the building.

Planning Your Visit

  • Be on time!

    Don't miss your designated entrance time, otherwise you'll have to join the line all over again - tickets are non-refundable.

  • Night sights

    From May to September, One World Observatory is open until midnight, so get to go up and enjoy the bright lights of the city by night!

  • Restaurant reservations

    The restaurant only takes in walk-in guests, with the exception of large groups - please reserve in advance!

  • Storage

    There are no storage facilities at One World Observatory, so don't bring any large items of luggage with you.

Good to know

  • When should I visit?
    Open daily.
    Hours vary based on time of year:
    May 1-September 4
    8:00 AM-9:00 PM
    September 5-December 20
    9:00 AM-9:00 PM
    December 21-January 3
    8:00 AM-8:00 PM
    January 4-April 30
    9:00AM - 9:00 PM
    Holiday hours may vary
  • Is it expensive?
    Adult general admission $32, Senior $30, and Child $26.
  • Will I need a guide?
    Guides are not necessary but beneficial for exploring all the sights NYC has to offer.
  • How to get there
    Located at One World Trade Center, at the corner of West and Vesey Streets. Use of public transportation is highly recommended.
  • Additional information

    • Purchase tickets in advance online for best availability. If you miss your targeted time slot, you will have to wait for next opening.

    • Visit after the sun goes down to see breathtaking views of NYC lit up at night!

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What people are saying about One World Trade Center

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 14,842 reviews

I got many questions answered to myself. Like why in the second building got killed twice more people then in the building that was attacked first. Why authorities didn’t let people go? Why people been asked to go back in place? During every fire alarm people asked to leave the building and not to use the elevator. The first building was on fire and in the second building people was asked to stay in place and wait. It was records of people phone calls confirming that. This is ridicules. All lives in the second building could be saved. At least many. Elevator worked and all stairs was opened for 20 min between two planes. A lots of detail that people can explore and understand materials provided.

Empecably done with the families of those who were lost in this tragedy in mind. Loved hearing the different families sharing their loss. Really put the names to the faces impacted me the most. Alot of work of putting together the artifacts for the collection. Made an impact on me as well. To really see the destruction of the day. Watching the events on TV doesn't compare to seeing the museum Up close an personal

With the New York Explorer pass, we selected the 7 most important sights. Then I started planning the days. I got to know the subway and bus transportation in New York and planned where and how to go. Now I’m nearing the end and enjoying it more and more. I’ve been to the U.S. several times, but I’ve avoided big cities by far so far. However, I was in almost every National Park. I think we will enjoy that too.

Our guide Jim was very informative. Being into history for many years I found the guided tour very interesting. They did a fantastic job on the World Trade Center site. I can’t say enough about the time we shared on that tour. Thank you Jim

My wife and I are both handicapped and we were helped through the museum at our leisure and saw as much as we desired