Things To Do

The exterior of the Statue of Liberty Museum with vibrant yellow and purple plants.
The Statue of Liberty Museum

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Visit the Museum

Our museum chronicles the difficulties and triumphs two countries overcame to build a symbol of freedom. The museum contains an immersive theater, and various historical artifacts including the original torch from 1876, and allows visitors to share what liberty means to them through interactive panels. Access to the museum is available to all visitors on Liberty Island.
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Ranger tours are a great way to learn about the history of the Statue of Liberty!

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Park Ranger Guided Tours

Park Rangers provide English-language guided tours throughout the day. Programs start at the flagpole and visitors should expect to be walking or standing for 35 minutes. Tours are free to join and all are welcome! Tours will provide a general history of the island and of the Statue, including some of the following:
  • Why and how the Statue was made
  • Important figures in the Statue's construction
  • Liberty Island history
  • Symbolism of the Statue of Liberty
  • The 1980s Restoration Project
Visitors picking up audio-guides at the booth located on Liberty Island
Visitors on Liberty Island have access to an audio guide for an outside perimeter walk, artifact explanations found in the museum, and for a statue framework description found at the top of the pedestal.

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Self-Guided Audio Tours

This self-guided tour helps visitors learn about the Statue of Liberty while exploring the grounds of Liberty Island as well as the Statue's museum. An audio tour is available for both Liberty Island and Ellis Island.

  • Audio tours are available in the following languages: English, Spanish, French, Italian, German, Mandarin, Russian, Arabic, Hindi, Korean, Portuguese and Japanese.
  • Family friendly audio tours designed for children ages 6-10 are available in English, Spanish, French, Italian, German, Mandarin, Russian, Arabic, Hindi, Korean, Portuguese and Japanese.
  • A descriptive audio tour is available for visitors who are blind or with low vision.
  • American Sign Language (ASL) tours are also available.

Statue of Liberty's pedestal
Learn about the Statue of Liberty's pedestal while visiting Liberty Island.

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Visit the Pedestal

The Statue of Liberty's stone pedestal was designed by famed architect Richard Morris Hunt who designed it to complement the Statue of Liberty rather than overwhelm it. The structure was constructed and paid for by the American people. The pedestal is roughly half the height of the entire monument, offering panoramic views of New York Harbor. Pedestal access is limited and advanced reservations are highly recommended.
The inside of the Statue of Liberty's crown.
Inside the Statue of Liberty's crown.

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Visit the Crown

A walk from the ground floor to the Statue of Liberty's crown is equal to walking up a 20 story building! Expect to see panoramic views at the various pedestal observation levels, limited views of Brooklyn from the crown level, and Alexandre Gustave Eiffel's framework that supports the Statue of Liberty. Anyone visiting the crown must be able to walk up at least 162 steps on a confined spiral staircase.
Crown access is limited and advanced reservations are required.

Ellis Island National Museum of Immigration
Ellis Island National Museum of Immigration.

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Ellis Island National Museum of Immigration

How far would you travel to find a better life? How much would you sacrifice in order to provide for your family? If you answered "Whatever it takes," you echo the attitudes of the 12 million immigrants who passed through these now quiet halls from 1892 to 1954. Ellis Island afforded them the opportunity to attain the American dream for themselves and their descendants. Come hear their stories.

All ferry tickets include access to Ellis Island. To visit both islands in one day, the National Park Service recommends an early ferry departure.

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The inside of the Statue of Liberty's crown as seen from the virtual tour.

Take a Virtual Tour

This interactive virtual tour is a combination of high-resolution spherical images, historical information, and historic images taken in the same areas decades ago. This virtual tour was created by the Heritage Documentation Programs, part of the National Park Service. For best results, please view these pages using a modern web browser. Some legacy browsers will not display some features.

A family watches the ranger demonstration at the Junior Ranger table.
Be A Junior Ranger

Learn how you can become a Junior Ranger while visiting the Statue of Liberty.

Children at the front of the Statue watch as rose petals fall from above.
For Teachers

Resources are available for teachers including self-guided activities as well as lesson plans.

Last updated: May 17, 2023

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Jersey City, NJ 07305


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