Things To Do
VISITING THE STATUE OF LIBERTY
Due to damage sustained from Hurricane Sandy, Ellis Island and Liberty Island are currently closed. Liberty Island will re-open July 4, 2013. The Immigration Museum on Ellis Island will remain closed. Please follow the Hurricane Sandy Recovery page for more information.
The National Park Service recommends planning in advance. Please see Things to Know Before You Come!
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 154 steps on a confined spiral staircase.
Crown access is limited. Advanced reservations are required. Please visit the Crown Reservation page for more information.
The Statue of Liberty's stone pedestal was designed by famed architect Richard Morris Hunt. The pedestal was designed to compliment the Statue of Liberty rather than overwhelm it. The structure was constructed and paid for by the United States. The top of 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. Please visit the Fees & Reservations page for more information.
The Statue of Liberty originated in the mind of Edouard de Laboulaye. It took 21 years for the Statue of Liberty to progress from an idea to a colossal copper statue. Artist Frederic Bartholdi was the key figure responsible for the Statue of Liberty's design. The Liberty Island Museum chronicles the difficulties and triumphs two countries overcame to build a symbol of liberty. The museum also covers how the Statue of Liberty's interpretation has changed since its construction in 1886.
A pedestal or crown ticket is required to access the Liberty Island Museum. Please visit the Fees & Reservations page for more information on pedestal and crown tickets.
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:
Located less than a mile north of Liberty Island, Ellis Island is an included stop for those visiting the Statue of Liberty National Monument. Opened in 1892, over 12 million immigrants were processed at Ellis Island until its closure in 1954, making it the busiest port of entry in the country at that time. The museum is located in the historic main building on Ellis Island.
» Ellis Island Website
Did You Know?
Freedom is not standing still. A symbolic feature that people cannot see is the broken chain wrapped around the Statue's feet. Protruding from the bottom of her robe, the broken chains symbolize her free forward movement, enlightening the world with her torch free from oppression and servitude.