Physical Mobility in the Crown

A visitor in a wheelchair is moving down a ramp towards the image.

Physical Mobility on Liberty Island

Important information on physical mobility for a safe and enjoyable visit to the Statue of Liberty National Monument.

Information on physical/mobility while inside the Statue of Liberty.

Physical/Mobility Inside the Statue

Information and locations of elevators, lifts, handrails, and moving around the different levels inside the monument.

 
A wide angle view of the inside of the crown in the Statue of Liberty.
A wide angle view inside the crown of the Statue of Liberty.

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Climbing to the crown?

Crown access is reservation based on limited availablity through Statue Cruises due to safety and accessibility requirements. Depending on the time of year, reservations need to be acquired between four (4) to six (6) months in advance. Access to the crown is by stairs only. Visitors can bring the follow items up to the crown: One cell phone and/or camera for pictures per person, water in a plastic container, and any medication needed while inside the monument. For information on accessibility options to the crown, email us.

 
 
Shows vertical distance in feet between rest areas found inside the statue.
This diagram shows the vertical distance (feet/ inches) above ground level for each rest area located inside the statue.  There are 162 steps from the top of the pedestal (Level 6P) to the Crown Platform.

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Crown Stairs Dimension

From the Pedestal level (6P), there are 162 stairs that are narrow and steep in dimension. Each step is nine (9) inches in height and eight (8) inches in length. The crown staircase is a spiral with one section ascending up and the other side descending down. This allows for a safer flow of visitor traffic.
 
A visitors foot showing the dimensions of the stairs walking up to the crown.
A 22-inch wide standard staircase will be utilized to begin your initial ascent up to crown.

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Beginning Your Ascent

Visitors must begin their climb to the crown by surrendering their wristbands to the ranger stationed at the Pedestal Level (6P) podium. All accompanying children must be 4 feet (48 inches) or taller. This has been determined to be the shortest height limit for maintaining children's safety walking up and down the spiral staircase for holding on to the staircase railings. When possible, children should always be placed between two adults for during their climb. Children under 18 years of age must be accompanied by an adult. The is no elevator available to the top.
 
Start of the spiral staircase located within the interior of the statue.
Transitioning to a double-helix (spiral) staircase, there are 146 steps remaining to the Crown Platform.

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You've arrived inside the statue. Climbing higher?

After completing the initial 16 step staircase leading into the statue, visitors will transition to a spiral staircase for the remainder of their ascent. This portion of the climb contains 146 winding steps of a spiral staircase (think barbershop pole) up and down. Due to the design of the stairs, visitors are walking above oneanother and the metal ceilings are low hanging. If you are six (6) feet or taller, please watch your head as you ascend/descend the crown staircase.
 
Spiral staircase inside the statue leading to level 4S.
Double-helix (spiral) staircase leading from Level 7P to Level 4S inside the Statue.

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Spiraling up

From the transition to the double-helix staircase, visitors will climb 44 continuous steps before reaching the first of four platforms. Railings on both the right and left-hand sides will allow visitors to hold on as they move through the statue. As you proceed up or down, visitors will see, hear, and smell all off the different portions inside Lady Liberty.
 
 
A view of the resting platform at level 4S off the crown stairs.
Four rest stop platforms are located off the double-helix stairs to the crown.

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Need to catch your breath?

There are four platforms for visitors to stop their ascent/descent to take a break and a perfect opportunity for a great picture or two! The largest of these platforms is located at Level 4S. There are additional rest stops available above this point during your climb up to the Crown Platform.
 

Last updated: March 9, 2018

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