Things To Do
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:
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.
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.
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. Artifacts have been removed from the museum to prepare for the new museum opening early summer 2019. 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.
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.
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.
Last updated: October 19, 2018