Things To Do

The Information on Liberty Island from the outside.
Visit us inside the Information Center on Liberty Island.

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Information Center

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.
 
A ranger gives a tour at the front of Liberty Island.
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. Tour 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
 
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! 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.
 
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 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.
 
The New Colossus by Emma Lazarus plaque in the museum
The New Colossus sonnet in the museum of the Statue of Liberty.

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Visit the Museum

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.
 
A young visitor in the Statue's museum with a audio tour
Visitors to Liberty Island can listen to an audio tour which is available in multiple languages.

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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.

 
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.

 
 
 
A ranger demonstrates New York Harbor's blackish water.

For Kids

Kids of all ages can work on the Statue of Liberty's Junior Ranger program!

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: January 18, 2018

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Mailing Address:

Liberty Island
New York, NY 10004

Phone:

(212) 363-3200

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