Physical-Mobility In The Pedestal

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

Physical Mobility on Liberty Island

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

The black and blue stairs ascending to the crown at the Pedestal level.

Physical/Mobility In The Crown

Information and locations of handrails, rest platforms, and dimensions of infrastructure for safely accessing the crown.

 
Visitors entering through the lobby doors of the Statue of Liberty.
Visitors entering the lobby of the Statue of Liberty.

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Welcome to the Inside of the Statue of Liberty!

The images and descriptions below here will help visitors plan out their trip to Liberty Island and allow them to be prepared when accessing the inside portion of the Statue of Liberty National Monument. Don't forget to take into consideration the "Fact Checks" which give suggestions to enhance your visit! For information on accessibility email us!

 
 

Entering the Monument

 
A white tent structure for processing visitors with reservations.
Front view of the Liberty Island screening tent entrance.

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When you are ready to enjoy visiting the inside of the Statue of Liberty, come to the right side doors to greet a ranger with your tickets. Rangers are waiting to take care and help assist you as you prepare to enter the monument. There is another gift shop inside the screening where bottled water can be purchased among many other wonderful items. Baby strollers and long umbrellas can be checked in at the gift shop counter in exchange for a ticket that is returned upon collecting checked items. Recycling and trash recepticles are located just inside the screening tent doors.
 
A visitor in a wheelchair is getting his ticket scanned in the screening tent.
A visitor is having their ticket scanned in the screening tent.

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After presenting your boat tickets with either pedestal or crown reservations to the rangers, the next phase is placing certain restricted items inside rented lockers on the left and right-hand sides of the back of the tent. Click here for a list of restricted items to consider leaving home or checking into a locker. Lockers are rented at computer stations with multilingual instructions. Two (2) single dollar bills are required to rent a locker for the minimum two hour rental. Two hours is plenty of time to enjoy the inside! Associates of Statue Cruises will scan your tickets as you proceed into an airport-style security room.
 
A picture of visitors walking through the large doors of the entrance to the Statue of Liberty.
Visitors entering the monument.

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Exiting the screening tent doors, you will see the large rear opening of historic Fort Wood. Don't forget to admire the 25-foot high granite walls of the old fort before passing through into the monument. When you complete your visit inside, these will be the same doors you exit to return to the front of the screening tent (if needed to retreave any locked or checked items).
 
 

Greetings from the Pedestal lobby!

 
A view of the inside of the Statue of Liberty's entrance from the second floor balcony.
Viewing the original torch from the second story lobby balcony.

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Welcome to the Pedestal lobby! Entering through the main doors, you will find the original torch of the Statue of Liberty. The lobby desk is operated by National Park Service Rangers and Volunteers that can provide directional information and park brochures to enhance visitors experiences. An Antenna International audio tour for the second story museum can be acquired from the Antenna kiask near the center stairs.
 
A picture of the first floor elevator door inside the lobby of the Statue of Liberty.
The first floor elevator will bring visitors to the restrooms and museum.

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Turning to the left-hand side, the first of two elevators can be found to help in your ascent/descent from the different levels of the monument. A ranger or volunteer posted in the lobby can assist in operating this elevator. From the ground level, the elevator will bring you to the second floor balcony where the public restrooms and museum entrance are located. These restrooms are the only facilities in the monument. Directional signage will bring you to the halfway point of the museum and the second accessible elevator. The ranger in the elevator will bring you to the Fort Wood (2P) level and to (5P) level where an accessible lift will continue the journey to the top of the pedestal (6P) level.
 
 

On top of Fort Wood (2P)

 
A visiting in a wheelchair is using the inside ramp to go outside onto the Fort Wood level of the monument.
A visitor is moving up the ramp towards the exit doors of Fort Wood.

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The Fort Wood (2P) level is accessible by taking the second elevator. A ranger operating the elevator will bring visitors to the fort level by request. There are stairs on the left and right hand-sides with handrails. There is a switchback style ramp in between the stairways. The doors will allow 360 degree access to the top of the fort. Great views of Manhattan Island, Governors Island, Ellis Island, the Brooklyn Bridge, the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge, and wonderful vistas of New York and New Jersey.
 
A visitor is looking up at the Statue of Liberty from the Fort Wood level.
A visitor pointing at the Statue of Liberty from the Fort Wood level.

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Most importantly, visitors get to see an up-close and personal viewing of the Statue of Liberty! The front point of historic Fort Wood is the ideal place to have pictures taken with lady liberty. Visitors can also observe the fine symbols and details of both the Statue and the pedestal she stands on! When finished visiting Fort Wood, return to the rear doors to wait for the elevator again.
 
 

Arriving at the top of the Pedestal! (6P)

 
A visitor in a wheelchair is waiting to be lifted up to the top of the pedestal.
A visitor is waiting to be lifted up to the top of the pedestal.

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Arriving at Level 5P, a ranger operating the main elevator will assist visitors in locating the lift to bring them up to the top of the Pedestal (Level 6P). The elevator ranger will contact and coordinate with rangers stationed at the top of the Pedestal in order to safely transport visitors in the lift. The Pedestal lift weight limit and dimensions allow for only two (2) visitors to be assisted at one time.
 
A Park Ranger is opening the door of the wheelchair lift allowing the visitor to exit.
Park Rangers allow for safe transfer from the lift to the pedestal platform.

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Rangers stationed at the Pedestal level operate the lift controls. When the lift is brought to the top of the pedestal, a magnetic door will unlock and the ranger will assist visitors by keeping the area clear. Due to the original design of the Pedestal's observation balcony, wheelchairs cannot fit outside and are not permitted. Rangers will direct visitors where to park wheelchairs for easier transitions from inside to outside, when possible.
 
A visitor is looking through the glass ceiling.
Through the Pedestal's glass ceiling, visitors can observe Eiffel's iron frame design.

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At the top of the Pedestal (6P Level), visitors can look through four glass panels to see the inside construction of the Statue of Liberty. Rangers are stationed at the Pedestal level to interpret and educate our visitors on a variety of informational questions pertaining to the monument. Have a question? Don't be bashful! Ask a ranger!
 

Last updated: March 9, 2018

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