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 one of the most rewarding experiences of any trip to New York City. Due to its extreme popularity, tickets to the crown are by advanced reservation only. A limited number of crown tickets are available every day and tickets for the crown must be purchased in advance of your travel to the island.

Warning: Statue Cruises is the ONLY ferry service authorized by the National Park Service to sell tickets for, and provide 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

Statue Cruises is the only official source for crown reservations and they are the exclusive provider of ferry transportation to the islands. Tickets can be reserved online or by phone at: 877-LADY TIX (877 523-9849) .

Crown Tickets cannot be purchased at the ticket offices in NY and NJ.
Crown Tickets cannot be purchased on Liberty Island.

Spiral staircase inside the statue leading to level 4S.
All trips to the crown include a walk up a double-helix spiral staircase.


What To Expect

The climb is strenuous and not without risk. 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)

There are 377 steps from the main lobby to the crown platform. There is an elevator inside the Pedestal. Visitors that use the elevator will have to walk up 162 steps from the top of the pedestal to the crown. There is no elevator access from the top of the pedestal to the crown.

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 Reservation Guidelines
  • Maximum of four (4) crown tickets allowed per order.
  • One reservation per person is allowed during any six (6) month period.
  • Children must be at least four (4) feet, or 1.2 meters, tall to visit the crown. 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 be accompanied by an adult at all times.
  • 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 (see below).
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.
screening lockers
Items prohibited inside the monument can be stored within secondary screening lockers before entry.
You Will Need A Locker

Only the following items are permitted in the Crown of the Statue of Liberty:

  • Camera (no camera bags or cases)
  • Water (in a clear plastic bottle)
  • Any necessary medication

The following common (but not limited to) items must be secured in a locker: keys, writing instruments, purses, large umbrellas, camera cases, backpacks, shopping bags, any food and drinks, and any item that may impede progress on the staircase.

Lockers are located near 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: January 30, 2020

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