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Last year, I became a part of a remarkable project—building the new Statue of Liberty Museum on Liberty Island. Lady Liberty was the first to greet me when I immigrated to this country, and it is an honor to help bring her story to life.
Since this project began, I have witnessed the incredible generosity of the American people—friends of Liberty just like you who have passionately thrown their support behind this new museum.
Today, I am giving you an extra reason to join in. I am offering a special Giving Tuesday matching challenge of $25,000 to help continue construction on Liberty Island! When you make a gift before midnight tonight, I will match it, dollar-for-dollar.
With your gift of $18.86 or more, your name will be permanently recorded in our Founders Registry when the museum opens in 2019. And, if you’re able to give $35 or more, you will also receive a limited-edition Founders medallion as thanks for your generosity!
When the Statue of Liberty Museum opens, millions more will be able to experience Lady Liberty’s inspiring journey through history. Interactive galleries, special exhibits, and a new home for Liberty’s original torch will all be found within the new museum—right alongside your name when you become a museum Founder.
I know how important Lady Liberty is to you, so I hope you’ll help me honor her story and her legacy with a gift right now.
Diane von Furstenberg
Statue of Liberty Museum Campaign Chair
The Statue of Liberty is arguably one of the most recognizable figures from around the globe. Millions who cherish the ideals for which she stands make the journey every year to experience her history and grandeur in person. Yet sadly, of those 4.3 million annual visitors, only a small fraction can actually enter the monument due to increased security and visitor quotas.
The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation, in conjunction with the National Park Service/U.S. Department of the Interior will construct the first free-standing building on Liberty Island since the Statue herself—the Statue of Liberty Museum. This $100 million project is scheduled to be completed in 2019. The museum will encourage current citizens, new Americans and people throughout the world to learn the history of our national icons and explore and interpret the meaning of “liberty” thorough a comprehensive visitor experience.
Construction has begun on a stunning, glass-walled structure combining its island setting and relationship to the Statue in a functional, open environment. This museum will become a landmark in itself, attracting visitors from around the world to view its state of the art design and exhibition. The museum will merge landscape and building. It will be an extension of the park, providing new sitting, climbing and viewing spaces of the Statue, the Plaza and the city skyline. The museum will embody best practices for sustainable design including a green, visitor-friendly roof, geothermal systems and daylight optimization. In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, the museum will be set above the 500 year flood and wave crest levels and built to sustain hurricane force winds.