Statue of Liberty to Reopen July 4
The Statue of Liberty and Liberty Island will reopen to the public on July 4, 2013. (Ellis Island remains closed until further notice.) Tickets and reservations are now available through Statue Cruises, including limited tickets to the crown and pedestal. More »
Weight of copper: 62,000 lbs.(31 tons).
Weight of framework: 250,000 lbs. (125 tons).
Weight of concrete foundation: 54,000,000 lbs.
Thickness of copper sheeting: 3/32inch or the thickness of two pennies placed together.
Wind Sway: 50 mph winds cause the Statue to sway up to 3 inches and the torch up to 6 inches.
Direction: The Statue faces Southeast in perfect symetry with the placement of Fort Wood and how people would see the Statue while entering the harbor.
Crown: 25 windows and seven rays make up the crown.
Chains: Chains and a broken shackle are at the Statue's feet and cannot be seen from below.
The Tablet: Reads in Roman numerals "July 4, 1776" -- the date of American Independence. (JULY IV MDCCLXXVI)
The current torch is a 1986 replacement of the original, now in the lobby. The new torch is copper, covered in 24k. gold leaf. Sunlight reflects off the gold during the daytime and floodlights light the torch by reflection at night.
Did You Know?
Several agencies have been caretakers for the Statue. The U.S. Lighthouse Board cared for the statue as the first electric lighthouse or "navigational aid" 1886 - 1902, followed by the War Department 1902 - 1933 and since 1933 she has been cared for by employees of the National Park Service.