Newseum's World Trade Center antenna going into storage instead of 9/11 museum

Newseum's World Trade Center antenna going into storage instead of 9/11 museum
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The top section of the antenna from one of the World Trade Center towers currently on display at the Newseum in Washington, D.C., will be placed into storage when the museum closes instead of going to the National September 11 Memorial and Museum in New York City.

The 360-foot antenna, which had carried the signal of most of New York's local TV stations along with several radio stations, fell during the terror attacks on Sept. 11, 2001.

The top section of the antenna, along with other sections, was salvaged after the attacks and later placed in the Newseum's Sept. 11 exhibit in 2008.

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The Newseum is set to close its doors at the end of the year because of financial difficulties and has said that any loaned artifacts will be returned to their owners or stored until the museum can find a new home.

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which donated the top section of the antenna in 2015, has specifically requested that any 9/11 objects must be displayed in a public place and not in storage, as the Newseum plans to do until a new home can be found. 

Port Authority spokesman Steve Coleman said Monday he hopes to find "a suitable new location" for the antenna. 

"We will work with [the Newseum], other stakeholders, and continue conversations with the 9/11 Memorial & Museum at the World Trade Center to find a suitable new location, for such an important and historic World Trade Center artifact," Coleman told Gothamist