Frequently Asked Questions
May I Visit …
... the crown or the pedestal of the Statue of Liberty? Tickets to the crown and pedestal are limited, so plan your visit today!
... the museum on Liberty Island? The museum is located inside the base of the Statue of Liberty and is only accessible to visitors who have pedestal or crown tickets.
... the Ellis Island Immigration Museum? Yes. Artifacts, documents, and other historic items are available throughout the exhibits and within the research library. Visitors can see many of the historic rooms that immigrants would have passed through. A guided tour of the Contagious Disease Ward is available by reservation only. Learn how to plan your visit to Ellis Island.
… any inside area of the Statue of Liberty? Pedestal or crown tickets are required. Check www.statuecruises.com for available dates and times.
Are there storage facilities at Liberty Island? Yes, for those visitors heading to the crown or pedestal. "Grounds Only" ticket holders must keep all of their items with them at all times.
If I'm using a car to get to the ferry, is parking available? Ferries depart from Battery Park in New York City and from Liberty State Park, Jersey City, NJ. Although private parking garages may be available to you in NY, parking is usually very limited and will be expensive. There is ample car and bus parking at the ferry area in Liberty State Park in New Jersey, and parking fees are nominal compared to parking in New York City.
Plan Your Visit to the Statue of Liberty
Do I need to buy a ticket to visit the island? Yes, tickets are needed to board the ferry. Statue Cruises is the only authorized concession for the park.
I have a question about my ticket purchase. Who should I contact? Statue Cruises is the ferry operator.
May I purchase a ticket for the inside of the Statue of Liberty? Advanced reservations for the inside of the Statue of Liberty are currently available at www.statuecruises.com.
About the Statue of Liberty
What materials make up the Statue of Liberty? The Statue of Liberty is made of copper 3/32in. (about 2.5mm) thick, the same as two American pennies placed together. The internal structure is comprised of cast iron and stainless steel.
Symbols on the Statue of LibertyWhat does the torch represent? The torch is a symbol of enlightenment. The Statue's official name represents its most important symbol, "Liberty Enlightening the World."
What is written on the Statue's tablet? The tablet in the Statue's left hand has the date of American Independence: July 4, 1776. The date is written in Roman numerals and reads July IV MDCCLXXVI.
What does the Statue wear on her head? The Statue of Liberty wears a crown, or diadem.
What are the spikes on the crown? Many believe the seven spikes are symbolism representing rays of light radiating from the statue's head; she is the Roman goddess Libertas.
Where on the Statue are the broken chains located and what do the chains mean? The broken chains are near the Statue's feet and are not visible from the ground level. Many believe the chains represent breaking free from tyranny and servitude.
Keep in Contact with the Statue of Liberty...
What do I do if I lost something at Liberty Island? If you are still at Liberty, go to the Information Center and ask the ranger if your item was turned in. If it wasn't, you can fill out a Lost and Found report so your item can be returned to you if it is turned in after you leave. If you discover your loss after you leave the park, you can still make a report.
How can I contact the park? For more information to contact the park please visit our Contact Us page.
Does the Statue of Liberty have a Facebook page? Yes! Our Facebook username is StatueLibrtyNPS.
Is Liberty Island on Twitter ? Yes! Visit us on Twitter by following @StatueEllisNPS.
Is Liberty Island on Instagram? Yes! Visit us on Instagram by following @StatueEllisNPS
Where are the Statue webcams located? Five camera are located on the Statue's torch balcony. One camera points up at the gold flame. A second camera looks down at the Statue's crown and body. Three more camera point towards the new York Harbor, providing sweeping views of the city. Out webcames are avaiable under our Photos and Multimedia page.
Statue of Liberty Geography
Is the Statue in New York or New Jersey? The Statue of Liberty is on Liberty Island, federal property administered by the National Park Service, located within the territorial jurisdiction of the State of New York.
Last updated: May 20, 2016