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December 4, 2020

Revealed: The hunt for Osama at 9/11 museum

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A new exhibition at the 9/11 Memorial Museum explores the untold story of the greatest manhunt in United States history revealed through declassified artefacts and an immersive digital experience. 

The chilling exhibit, “Revealed: The Hunt for Bin Laden,” centres on the decade-long search for and seizure of the Al Qaeda mastermind who was responsible for the deaths of 2,977 people on 9/11 — and the thousands more lost through bloody wars and debilitating illness.

The exhibit presents the hunt for bin Laden as a sort of who-done-it come alive with graphics, videos and the voices of the protagonists, from intelligence agents, former US President Barack Obama and members of the US Navy SEALs team that raided bin Laden’s home and shot and killed him.

Here’s a glimpse of the exhibit.

A model of the compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan where Osama bin Laden was killed is pictured at the 9/11 Museum. This is the same model that was brought to the White House to brief US President Obama before the raid. Photograph: Carlo Allegri/Reuters


An exact replica of the wall of the compound that Osama Bin Laden was hiding in is displayed at the new exhibition. The exhibit will open to the public on November 15 and visitors will be able to see 60 artefacts and replicas that have been declassified by the FBI and CIA — all providing a harrowing frame for the relentless US manhunt for bin Laden. Photograph: Spencer Platt/Getty Images

A poster and picture used to identify Osama Bin Laden. “We made choices of specific things that were very much tied to a particular moment in the hunt for bin Laden,” said Clifford Chanin, Deputy Director of Programs at the 9/11 Memorial & Museum. Chanin says the exhibition artifacts are accompanied by interviews with intelligence officials closely connected to the 2011 raid on Osama bin Laden’s compound in Pakistan. Photograph: Spencer Platt/Getty Images

A knife used by UK soldiers in Afghanistan after 9/11. Photograph: Spencer Platt/Getty Images

A vest worn by a US Navy SEAL on the raid of Osama bin Laden’s compound. Photograph: Carlo Allegri/Reuters

A video of former president Barack Obama shows on a monitor at the exhibit. Photograph: Spencer Platt/Getty Images

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