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Visiting Liberty Island

 Visiting the Statue and Museum at Liberty Island

The Information Center offers brochures and a captioned video chronicling the story of the Statue of Liberty. Schedules for the Ranger guided tours and ferries are also available. Park Rangers provide free English-language guided tours of Liberty Island throughout the day which take 30-45 minutes. Tours will provide a general history of the island and of the Statue, including important figures in the Statue's construction, the Statue's many symbols and the 1980s centennial restoration project.

A family-friendly audio tour is included with each ferry ticket and can be picked up at the Acoustiguide booth on Liberty Island. The audio tour comes in 12 languages, an American Sign Language (ASL) version, and an Audio Descriptive (AD) version.

  

The Statue of Liberty Museum, a new museum that celebrates the Statue of Liberty’s history, influence, and legacy in the world, opened in May 2019 on Liberty Island. The  26,000-square-foot museum features three gallery spaces, each one meant to inspire visitors and educate them about Lady Liberty in interactive and thought-provoking ways. The museum experience culminates with an up-close view of Liberty’s most iconic symbol – her original torch – held high for nearly 100 years and still a touchstone of the light Liberty shines from generation to generation. Access to the museum is free, which is open the same hours as Liberty Island. The new museum is part of a $100 million Liberty Island-wide beautification effort funded by The Statue of Liberty - Ellis Island Foundation.

The famous “Liberty Bike” built by Orange County Choppers and refurbished by Willis Johnson, founder of Copart, returned to Liberty Island June 3, 2015 after a 2-1/2 year absence due to Hurricane Sandy. This special motorcycle was commissioned by Gold Leaf Corporation and is entirely plated in copper preserved from the centennial restoration of the Statue of Liberty through an exclusive agreement with The Statue of Liberty - Ellis Island Foundation.

Pedestal and Crown

The Statue of Liberty's stone pedestal, designed by famed architect Richard Morris Hunt, was designed to complement the Statue rather than overwhelm it. The top of the pedestal is roughly half the height of the entire monument. The pedestal offers panoramic views of Ellis Island, New York, New Jersey and the New York Harbor. Since pedestal access is limited, advanced reservations are highly recommended. There is no additional fee for pedestal access, but tickets must be obtained before boarding the ferry for Liberty Island. 

Crown access is limited. Advanced reservations are required, and there is an additional fee.

Crown access includes 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 146 stairs on a confined spiral staircase. (In total, there are 377 stairs from the lobby up to the crown.) Crown access is limited. Tickets require an additional fee and must be purchased online in advance. 

   

For ferry ticket and schedule information:

Call 1-877-LADY-TIX or Visit Statue Cruises

Statue Cruises is the only provider authorized by the National Park Service to provide tickets and tours to the Statue of Liberty National Monument and Ellis Island. Please be aware that Street Vendors do not sell genuine Statue of Liberty tickets. Avoid Street Sellers.

Tickets may also be purchased online or at the ferry departure points in Battery Park in NYC or Liberty State Park in NJ. For additional information such as accessibility, visitor safety & security and operating hours, please see the National Park Service website for the Statue of Liberty National Monument

 

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