Temporary Exhibits

One Day in September

On display August 24, 2022 through October 2, 2022.


As New York City and the world mark the 21st anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, the Museum is presenting a new exhibition, One Day in September, which recognizes the valiant efforts of first responders through a series of profound, editorial-style portraits, created by renowned photographer Richard Wiesel.


Wiesel’s first solo exhibition in New York, One Day in September includes photographs featuring personal artifacts provided by first-responders’ family members, and family members with these items, taken during a series of short interviews in New York City in 2019 and 2020. The photographs, paired with short interviews, are at turns poignant and thought-provoking, and illustrate the impact of the 9/11 attacks on those who responded on that tragic day and their loved ones.

Firehouse: The Photography of Jill Freedman

On display October 12, 2022 through April 2, 2023


Beginning in October, the Museum will open an exhibition showcasing award-winning photographer Jill Freedman’s moving collection of photographs documenting New York City firefighters on the job in the ‘70s. Firehouse: The Photography of Jill Freedman. The exhibition will feature a number of images contained in Freedman’s book, Firehouse, which was released in 1977 and garnered rave reviews highlighting their honesty and grit that captured the danger, tragedy, heroism, and camaraderie of being a firefighter in New York City. CNN once described the photographs as “images that describe a community of men in their full humanity, heroic but not just heroes. Pictures of terrible danger meet moments of rough tenderness, then all gives way to goofball antics back at the station.”

To create this display of heroism and heart, Freedman lived among the firefighters in the Bronx and Harlem for more than a year as she chronicled their work. She followed groups for six days at a time, sleeping in the backseat of cars or on the floor between engines.