This is appalling to say the least…

Via the Daily News:

On the eve of its grand opening to the public, the 9/11 Museum in lower Manhattan closed its doors to all but VIPs.

The sacred site that contains the remains of 1,115 unidentified victims became a private club for invited guests Tuesday night, sources told the Daily News — and some first responders were turned away during party preparations.

Former Mayor Mike Bloomberg and Condé Nast honchos were among those who nibbled crab cakes and shrimp cocktail hors d’oeuvres at the black tie affair, billed as a dedication ceremony, according to sources.

But one museum employee at the event, who spoke on condition of anonymity, described it as a festive affair.

“They were drinking, eating and laughing when this is pretty much a gravesite,” the employee said.

Dozens of guests attended the party, with the actual Information Desk at the 9/11 Museum having been converted into a bar for the night.

Worse, several first responders who were due to tour the grounds prior to it’s opening to the public were turned away so organizers could set up for the party.  These first responders included a group of firefighters and a police officer who wanted to view the museum with his wife.  According to reports, the firefighters left the site in tears.

John Feal, a 9/11 responder and advocate, was angered by the party.

“Everyone who lost a loved one in 9/11 should be outraged,” he said. “Shame on the museum.”