Visiting the Crown
Dennis Mulligan, NPS
Visiting the crown of the Statue of Liberty is one of the most rewarding experiences of any trip to New York City. Starting in 2009, the National Park Service implemented a new system that requires advanced reservations for access to the crown. This reservation system is much different than how the public accessed the crown prior to 2001. The procedure for reserving crown tickets and accessing the crown is detailed below.
RESERVE YOUR CROWN TICKETS
Due to its extreme popularity, access to the crown is by advanced reservation only. Statue Cruises is the official source for crown reservations as well as the company that provides ferry transportation to the island. All reservations
must be made online or by telephone.
Crown reservations are not available at the ticket offices.
Crown reservations are not available on Liberty Island.
PICKING UP YOUR CROWN RESERVATIONS
Crown tickets must be picked up at the ticket office Will Call window at either Liberty State Park or Battery Park (click here for Directions to those sites) by the ticket purchaser. Crown tickets may not be printed at home. To pick up the tickets, the purchaser must show photo ID and the same credit card used to reserve the tickets.
CHECKING IN AT LIBERTY ISLAND
The entrance to the Statue of Liberty itself is located directly behind the Statue of Liberty in the white tent. Those with crown reservations must first check-in with their crown tickets and their photo ID (except for minors without ID) for verification at the entrance.The name on the ticket must match the name on the photo ID. The National Park Service appreciates your cooperation during this process.
Dennis Mulligan, NPS
Only the following items are permitted inside the Statue of Liberty:
The following common (but not limited to) items must be secured in a locker: keys, writing instruments, purses, camera bags, camera cases, backpacks, shopping bags, any food and drinks, and any item that may impede progress on the staircase.
Please see a National Park Service Ranger on-site if you have any specific questions or contact us in advance.
Locker Rental Information: Lockers are available at the crown check-in tent. An attendant is available to make change for large bills. Only bills are accepted (no credit card).
John G. Waite Associates, 2010
The climb is strenuous and not without risk. The National Park Service recommends that crown visitors have no significant physical or mental conditions which would impair their ability to complete the climb, such as (but not limited to):
There are 377 steps from the main lobby to the crown platform. There is an elevator inside the Pedestal. There is no elevator access from the top of the pedestal to the crown platform (from the Statue's feet to the Statue's head). The only restrooms are in the Statue's lobby, 377 steps from the crown!
National Park Service Rangers will be on site at all times to assist visitors. Those who feel uncomfortable proceeding up the crown staircase have the option of stopping at the top of the Statue of Liberty's pedestal.
STATUE STAIRCASE STATISTICS
AFTER YOUR VISIT ... TELL US ABOUT IT!
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Did You Know?
The Statue of Liberty's face was said to be modeled after the sculptor's mother, Charlotte. This colossal statuary follows design going back to ancient Greek and Roman civilizations.