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One of the world's most recognizable monuments, long seen as a symbol of American and global democracy, the Statue of Liberty National Monument is a historical and cultural icon. It comprises of Liberty Island and Ellis Island, most famous for the statue of Liberty, a gift from France to the United States in 1886 which has symbolized peace and democracy in the country for over a century.

Located in New York, The Statue of Liberty, formally known as 'Liberty Enlightening the World', standing at 305 feet, receives thousands of visitors from all over the world annually. An elevator within the statue carries visitors up to the observation deck, which can also be accessed by stairs, and another staircase leads up to an observation platform in the statue's crown.

The island can only be accessed by ferries from Liberty State Park in New Jersey and Battery Park in Lower Manhattan. The island was designed with distinct circulation patterns that highlight historically significant views. Another noticeable landscape feature is the expansive lawn in front of the Statue and the distinct grove of London planes dedicated in memory of the events of September 11th.

The statue was dedicated by President Grover Cleveland on October 28, 1886. There are numerous activities for visitors of the island of all ages. Kids can take part in the island's Junior Ranger Program. The Liberty Island Museum is also one of America's most famous museums and the historical and modern day significance of this monument makes it a must visit for your next trip to New York.

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[Information] Plan Your Holiday Visit

Liberty Island welcomes our holiday season visitors. We will close Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day and will close early Dec. 24 - Last Ferry Departs mainland for the islands at 1:30 PM - Last ferry departs islands back to mainland at 3:15 on the 24th.

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The Statue of Liberty is located in the Upper New York Bay. Access is easy and free, although visitors must pay for the compulsory ferry ride to the island. Tickets are purchased through Statue Cruises, the official ferry service provider. Ferries provide transportation to both Liberty Island and Ellis Island. One ferry ticket provides access to both islands. Visitors hoping to ride to the top of the statue must obtain a special ticket. Once you get to the island, movement is easy as the tour takes you around the monument with ease.


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Bucolic Delaware Township, New Jersey, is home to a campground clsoe to the statue. The campground is very neat and serene, offering water and electricity hookups but no toilet. Campfires are allowed with water pumps, picnic tables and WiFi also available at the ground. A park directly behind this campground has basketball, tennis and volleyball courts as well as restroom facilities. Reservations for this ground can be made as far as 12 months out.

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Liberty Museum

The opening of the Statue of Liberty museum took place on May 16th, 2019. The museum has three separate floors of exhibits documenting the experience of immigrants at Ellis Island, as well as the general history of immigration to the United States.

On the first floor is the Baggage Room, Journeys: The Peopling of America 1550-1890, Journeys: New Eras of Immigration 1945- Present, and the American Family Immigration History Center. In addition, audio guides, the information desk, gift shop, theater, bookstore, and the Ellis Island Café are available. Behind the museum, visitors have access to both the Wall of Honor and to Fort Gibson.

On the second floor is the Registry Room (Great Hall), the Hearing Room, Theater 2, and two exhibit galleries: Through America's Gate and Peak Immigration Years: 1880-1924.

The third floor contains the Bob Hope Memorial Library, Dormitory Room, and the exhibits: Ellis Island Chronicles, Treasures From Home, Silent Voices, and Restoring a Landmark.


Visit The Crown

A visit to the crown includes the original torch display, the Liberty Island Museum, and 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. Visitors to the crown must be able to walk up at least 162 steps on a confined spiral staircase.
There are limited tickets to the crown, so advanced reservations are advised.

Park Ranger Guided Tours

Park officials provide several guided tours throughout the day. The tours usually start at the flagpole and last for about 35 minutes. Tours are free and provide a general history of the island and of the statue, including Liberty Island history, symbolism of the Statue of Liberty, why and how the Statue was made, the 1980s restoration project, and important figures in the statue's construction.


Junior Ranger Program

The JRP is a family-friendly on-site program that gives kids aged 8-12 (adults can participate too) the opportunity to learn about Ellis Island and the nation's heritage by becoming a Junior Ranger! The activity book will guide you through the historic Ellis Island Immigration Station and the significance of the island - you can learn what it was like to be an immigrant, and why it's important to protect and preserve the National Park Program. The entire program lasts for about an hour.

The Torch Exhibit

The Torch Exhibit helps visitors learn about about the history and significance of the famous torch held by Lady Liberty and why it was added to the statue. The exhibit features a collection of a few diagrams, animated depictions, renderings and photographs of the torch over the course of the monument's history. The exhibit is located on the second floor of the statue.


Visit the Pedestal

The statue's symbolic stone pedestal was designed by famous architect Richard Morris Hunt who designed it to complement the Statue of Liberty and add to its beauty. The structure was constructed and paid for by the American people and is about half the height of the entire monument, giving visitors scenic views of Ellis Island, New York, New Jersey and the New York Harbor. All pedestal tickets include access to the Liberty Island Museum. Access to the pedestal is limited and advanced reservations are highly recommended.

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