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. It is only accessible to visitors who have pedestal or crown tickets. Our new museum is expected to open to all ticket holders in May 2019.
... the Ellis Island Immigration Museum? Yes. Artifacts, documents, and other historic items are available throughout the exhibits. 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 via booking online at statuecruises.com. Learn how to plan your visit to Ellis Island.
… the 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 on Liberty Island? There are lockers available for visitors entering the monument with pedestal or crown access tickets. "Grounds Only" ticket holders must keep all of their items with them at all times.
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 are available in New York City, parking is usually very limited and very expensive. There is ample car and bus parking at the ferry area in Liberty State Park, New Jersey. Parking fees are nominal compared to parking in New York.
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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; since her official name is "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. The spiers above this crown represent light, like a halo, since 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 that the chains represent breaking free from tyranny and servitude.
Keep in Contact with the Statue of Liberty...
What should I do if I've lost an item on Liberty Island? If you are still at Liberty, check-in at the Information Center. If the item hasn't been recovered, fill out a Lost and Found report at that time. We will contact you if your item gets turned in by another visitor. If you discover your loss after you leave the park, make a report.
How can I contact the park? For more information, please Contact Us.
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 Statue webcams located? There are multiple webcams located on the torch. We invite you to visit our webcam page at Photos and Multimedia.
Statue of Liberty Geography
Is the Statue in New York or New Jersey? The Statue of Liberty is on Liberty Island; which is federal property administered by the National Park Service. The island is part of the territorial jurisdiction of the State of New York.
Last updated: April 9, 2019