Things To Do

Information Center on Liberty Island

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Park Rangers or volunteers can provide answers to questions and information about the Statue of Liberty's history, and make recommendations for your visit. Several historic images of the Statue are on display, and park brochures are available. The schedules for ranger-guided tours and the ferry departures are posted for viewing. A Passport to Your National Parks® cancellation stamp is also available.
Interior of the crown with its support structure and the inside of the statue's copper skin painted beige.
Inside the Statue of Liberty's crown.

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A walk from the ground floor to the Statue of Liberty's crown is equal to walking up a 20 story building! Crown access includes the original torch display, the Liberty Island Museum, and the pedestal observation level. Expect to see panoramic views at the pedestal observation level, 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. Advanced reservations are required. See our Visiting the Crown page for more information.
Statue of Liberty's pedestal.

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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 Ellis Island, New York, New Jersey and the New York Harbor. All pedestal tickets include access to the Liberty Island Museum.

Pedestal access is limited. Advanced reservations are highly recommended. See our Visiting the Pedestal page for more information.
Statue of Liberty's face recreated for the museum.

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It took twenty-one years for the Statue of Liberty to progress from an idea in the mind of Edouard de Laboulaye to a colossal copper statue designed by the artist Frederic Bartholdi. The Liberty Island museum, located in the lobby of the pedestal, chronicles the difficulties and triumphs two countries overcame to build a symbol of freedom. The museum also covers how the Statue of Liberty's interpretation has changed since its dedication in 1886.

A pedestal or crown ticket is required to access the Liberty Island museum. Please visit the Fees & Passes page for more information on pedestal and crown tickets. Most of the information in the museum, including photos of some of the artifacts, is available on our History and Culture page.
Ranger Yong leads his group through the Sculpture Garden

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Park Rangers provide English-language guided tours throughout the day. 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
Location: Liberty Island flagpole
Ages: All are welcome
Duration: 30 - 45 minutes
Cost: Included
Visitors on Liberty Island with audio tours.
Visitors on Liberty Island listening to an audio tour available in multiple languages.

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This self-guided tour helps visitors learn about the Statue of Liberty while exploring the grounds of Liberty Island. 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, and Japanese.
  • Family friendly audio tours designed for children ages 6-10 are available in English, Spanish, French, Italian, and German.
  • A descriptive audio tour is available for visually impaired visitors.

Location: Outside
Ages: All are welcome
Duration: 30 - 45 minutes
Cost: Included
Ellis Island Immigration Museum
Ellis Island Immigration Museum

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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 and the National Museum of Immigration. For current information, check the Ellis Island website. To visit both islands in one day, the National Park Service recommends an early ferry departure.


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Mailing Address:

Liberty Island
New York, NY 10004


(212) 363-3200
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