Visiting the Crown

The inside of the Statue of Liberty's crown.
Twenty-five windows in the crown look out at the surrounding New York Harbor.

Visiting the crown of the Statue of Liberty is a rewarding activity. Due to its extreme popularity, tickets to the crown must be reserved prior to visiting. There are a limited number of crown tickets per day.

Warning: Statue City Cruises is the ONLY ferry service authorized by the National Park Service for ticket sales and transportation to Liberty and Ellis Islands. Numerous third-party vendors sell tickets at higher prices or for boats that do not land at the islands.

Reserve Your Crown Tickets

Tickets to the Crown must be reserved online in advance from our authorized vendor: Statue City Cruises. They can also be reached by phone at: 877-LADY TIX (877 523-9849).

Note: Tickets to the Crown cannot be purchased at the ferry departure locations of Battery Park, Liberty State Park, or on Liberty Island.

Spiral staircase inside the statue leading to level 4S.
A trip up to the crown includes walking up a double-helix spiral staircase.


What To Expect

The Statue’s Crown can only be accessed by climbing 162 stairs. There is no elevator service to the Crown. The climb is strenuous. The National Park Service recommends that crown visitors have no significant physical or mental conditions which would impair their ability to complete the climb, such as (but not limited to):

  • Heart conditions
  • Respiratory conditions
  • Mobility impairment
  • Claustrophobia (fear of confined spaces)
  • Acrophobia (fear of heights)
  • Vertigo (dizziness)

National Park Service Rangers will be present to assist visitors. Those who feel uncomfortable proceeding up the crown staircase have the option of stopping at the top of the Statue of Liberty's pedestal. For additional information on the crown, please visit Physical Mobility in the Crown.

Crown Ticket Guidelines
  • Maximum of four (4) crown tickets allowed per order.
  • One ticket per person is allowed during any six (6) month period.
  • Children must be at least 42 inches, or 1.1 meters, tall to visit the crown. Children cannot be carried. It is the responsibility of the parent or guardian to ensure their child meets this requirement. Smaller children may ascend only as high as the top of the Pedestal. Children must always be accompanied by an adult. All visitors who meet height and other requirements to visit the crown, regardless of age, MUST have reservations with their names on the ticket.
  • Tickets are non-transferable. The names of those in your party must be provided at the time of purchase.
  • Each ticket holder will be required to show photo ID (except minors without ID) matching the name printed on the ticket prior to entering the Statue of Liberty.
  • There are restrictions on what can be carried up to the crown.
  • To ensure the safety and enjoyment of our visitors, crown visits are limited to 10 minutes.
Picking Up Your Crown Tickets

Crown tickets are for a specific person, date and time. The ticket will have the time to enter the embarkation site security facility printed on the face.

  • Crown tickets must be picked up at the ticket office Will Call window at either Battery Park, NY or Liberty State Park, NJ by the ticket purchaser.
  • To pick up the tickets, the purchaser must show photo ID and the same credit card used to reserve the tickets.
  • The name on the ticket must match the name on the photo ID for each ticker holder.
The time listed on the ferry ticket is the time you need to get on the queue at the security screening facility either at the Battery (NYC) or Liberty State Park (NJ). It is not a reservation for a ferry departure or the time to enter the pedestal.

It is recommended that you include ample time and maintain a flexible schedule to include boarding the ferry and security screening. Wait time can be an hour or more during peak times and seasons, including summer, weekends, and holidays.
screening lockers
Items prohibited inside the monument can be stored within secondary screening lockers before entry.

Restricted Items

The following common (but not limited to) items cannot be brought to the crown and must be secured in a locker: purses (of all sizes), backpacks, fanny packs, camera bags, tripods, keys, writing instruments, umbrellas, shopping bags, food and drinks (except for water in a plastic bottle), and any item that may impede progress on the staircase.

Lockers are located adjacent to the secondary screening building and require a 25¢ deposit (quarters only). Locker dimensions are approximately 12"x12"x18" and there are change machines available to $1 and $5 bills.

Information on physical/mobility while inside the Statue of Liberty.
Physical/Mobility Inside the Crown

Information on locations of elevators, lifts, handrails, and getting around on the different levels inside the monument.

Park Police Officers and their K-9's on Ellis Island with the Statue in the background.
Safety, Security & Screening

All visitors must pass through airport-style security before boarding ferries at Liberty State Park or Battery Park.

A photo of the Statue of Liberty from the distance with the ferry in the foreground..
Basic Information

The information here will help you know what to expect when you visit.

Last updated: June 3, 2024

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