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NEW YORK, NY – On May 8, 2009, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar announced that beginning this July 4, the American public will once again be able to visit the crown of the Statue of Liberty, which was closed after the 9/11 attacks for safety and security reasons. Beginning at 10 a.m. (ET) on June 13, 2009, crown reservations may be made through the park’s ferry concessioner, Statue Cruises, at www.statuecruises.com or by phone at 877- LADY-TIX (877-523-9849). Crown tickets may be reserved in advance up to 1 year prior to the day of the visit. (Example: Tickets for travel on September 1, 2010 will become available on-line or by phone starting at 10:00 a.m. EST on September 1, 2009).
"The Statue of Liberty is a symbol of the hope, freedom, and opportunity that America represents to the world," Secretary Salazar said. "I am delighted to announce that the public will soon be able to plan their trip to the storied crown of the Statue of Liberty once again."
Crown tickets will cost an additional $3 and will be combined with reserved ferry tickets, which are currently $12 for adults, $10 for seniors and $5 for children. The maximum number of tickets that can be reserved per customer is 4, with only one reservation allowed during any 6 month period. Children must be at least 4-feet tall.
For safety considerations, the National Park Service will limit the number of visitors to the crown to groups of no more than 10 visitors at a time, with about 3 groups ascending the crown per hour, which will be an average of about 240 crown visitors per day.