Things To Do


Information Center on Liberty Island

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Park Rangers can provide answers to questions and information about the Statue’s history and current island operations. Several historic images of the Statue are on display, and park brochures are available. The schedules for Ranger-guided tours and the ferries are posted for public viewing. The National Park Service Passport Validation Stamp is also available.

Statue of Liberty's crown from the inside

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A walk from the ground floor to the Statue of Liberty's crown is roughly equal to walking up a 22 story building! Crown access includes the original torch display, the Liberty Island Museum, and the pedestal observation level. Expect to see panoramic views at the pedestal observation level, limited views of Brooklyn from the crown level, and Alexandre Gustave Eiffel's framework that supports the Statue of Liberty. Anyone visiting the crown must be able to walk up at least 162 steps on a confined spiral staircase.

Crown access is limited. Advanced reservations are required. See our Visiting the Crown page for more information.


Statue of Liberty's pedestal from the outside.

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The Statue of Liberty's stone pedestal was designed by famed architect Richard Morris Hunt. The pedestal was designed to complement the Statue of Liberty rather than overwhelm it. The structure was constructed and paid for by the American people. The pedestal is roughly half the height of the entire monument. The pedestal offers panoramic views of Ellis Island, New York, New Jersey and the New York Harbor. All pedestal tickets include access to the Liberty Island Museum.

Pedestal access is limited. Advanced reservations are highly recommended. See our Visiting the Pedestal page for more information.

Statue of Liberty's face recreated for the museum.

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It took twenty-one years for the Statue of Liberty to progress from an idea in the mind of Edouard de Laboulaye to a colossal copper statue designed by the artist Frederic Bartholdi. The Liberty Island museum, located in the lobby of the pedestal, chronicles the difficulties and triumphs two countries overcame to build a symbol of freedom. The museum also covers how the Statue of Liberty's interpretation has changed since its erection in 1886.

A pedestal or crown ticket is required to access the Liberty Island museum. Please visit the Fees & Passes page for more information on pedestal and crown tickets. Most of the information in the museum, including photos of some of the artifacts, is available on our History and Culture page.


Ranger Yong leads his group through the Sculpture Garden

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Park Rangers provide English-language guided tours throughout the day. Tours will provide a general history of the island and of the Statue, including some of the following:

  • Why and how the Statue was made
  • Important figures in the Statue's construction
  • The Island's history
  • The Statue's many symbols
  • The 1980s Restoration Project
Time: Daily
Location: Liberty Island Flagpole
Ages: All are welcome!
Duration: 30 - 45 minutes
Cost: Included
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This self-guided tour helps visitors learn about the Statue of Liberty while exploring the grounds of Liberty Island. An audio tour is available for both Liberty Island and Ellis Island.

  • Children's audio tour is for ages 6-10.
  • Children's audio tours are available in the following languages: English, Spanish, French, Italian, and German.
  • A descriptive audio tour is also available for the visual-impaired.
  • Adult tours are available in the following languages: English, Spanish, French, Italian, German, Mandarin, Russian, Arabic, Japanese.

Location: Outside
Ages: All are welcome!
Duration: 30 - 45 minutes
Cost: Included
Ellis Island Immigration Museum

Ellis Island Immigration Museum

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How far would you travel to find a better life? How much would you sacrifice in order to provide for your family? If you answered "Whatever it takes," you echo the attitudes of the 12 million immigrants who passed through these now quiet halls from 1892 to 1954. Ellis Island afforded them the opportunity to attain the American dream for themselves and their descendants. Come hear their stories.

All ferry tickets include access to Ellis Island and the Immigration Museum. The museum is open to the public, although many artifacts have been removed and placed in a storage facility following the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. For current information, check the Ellis Island website. To visit both islands in one day, the National Park Service recommends an early ferry departure.


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