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Visiting the Statue of Liberty's Pedestal

Visiting the pedestal is a great addition to any trip to the Statue of Liberty. Starting in 2004, the National Park Service implemented a new system that requires reservations to access the pedestal. This reservation system is much different than how the public accessed the pedestal prior to 2001.

Highlights of visiting the pedestal include:

  • accessing the inside of the pedestal, museum, and the Fort Wood level.

  • viewing the inside of the copper statue from the top of the pedestal.

Pedestal tickets are limited and the National Park Service highly recommends advanced reservations. A limited number of pedestal tickets are available each morning at the ticket office locations, but these are first-come, first-serve and are often distributed before the first ferry departure.

Details

Most visitors will visit the pedestal in less than 2 hours. Set aside 30-45 for the Statue's museum and 20-30 minutes for the different levels of the pedestal.

All ages welcome, but minors must be with a parent or guardian.

Only service animals are allowed to the island.

Entrance fees may apply, see Fees & Passes information.

The pedestal is located beneath the copper statue, atop Fort Wood. It is roughly 151 feet tall.

Reservations are highly recommended for pedestal access. A limited number of pedestal tickets are available each morning at the ticket office locations, however, these are first-come first-serve and are often distributed before the first ferry departure.

The pedestal is open every day except for December 25th. If you are planning a visit in the busy summer months or during the holiday season, reservations should be made farther in advance to ensure access.

The pedestal is open daily, hours depend on the time of year and boat schedule. Visitors should check in the Information Center to find out the last entry time for the day.

Accessibility Information
  • Wheelchair access is provided by several elevators to the museum, the exterior of Fort Wood, and to the top of the pedestal.

  • The outdoor observation deck at the top of the pedestal is not wheelchair accessible, but visitors still have access to the New York City skyline view as well as the interior of the statue.

Last updated: January 18, 2017