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Families upset over Sept. 11 museum gifts

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It's not unusual for a museum to have a gift shop, but the memorial at Ground Zero isn't your average museum.

The idea that you can buy souvenirs there is causing a lot of anger and outrage for families who lost loved ones.

Praised for its beauty and its dignity - there's growing criticism of high admission fees $24 and the sale of souvenirs at the gift shop.

In a New York Post headline the museum was called a “Little Shop of Horrors.”

Items such as silk scarves with images of the twin towers, bracelets and even stuffed animals are on sale.

“Basically, they're making money off my son's dead body. I think that's disgusting,” Jim Riches, the father of one of the victims, said.

Joe Daniels is the president and CEO of the Sept. 11 Memorial and Museum.

He has spent the last eight years developing the site, which will cost an estimated $65 million per year to run.

The museum receives no government funding and relies on donations, revenue from tickets and money from that gift shop.

“You know the truth is this is the United States of America and the number one thing is if you don't like what we're selling don't buy it,” Daniels said. “Do I expect to say everything we've done here is 100 percent right? There's always bumps in the road.”

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