Peering majestically from the shores of Liberty Island, the Statue of Liberty has stood as a symbol of America through turmoil and triumph and has proudly greeted new arrivals for more than 120 years. French sculptor Frederic Auguste Bartholdi designed this magnificent landmark given to the United States by France as a testimonial to the friendship the countries developed during the American Revolution. Today, she serves as a vibrant symbol of hope, freedom, and democracy to millions of people worldwide. Although the crown has been closed since the attacks of 9/11, it is planned to reopen on July 4, 2009, to a limited number of people per tour. The crown closed after the attacks of 9/11, finally reopening on July 4, 2009.
The Statue of Liberty stands glowingly on picturesque Liberty Island, which is accessible by ferry from Battery Park in Manhattan or Liberty State Park in New Jersey. The seven spikes on her crown represent the world's seven seas and seven continents, and the torch she holds in her right hand symbolizes enlightenment. Although the crown has been closed since the attacks of 9/11, it is planned to reopen on July 4, 2009, to a limited number of people per tour. Visitors can revel in this memorial's striking beauty from an insider's view in the lobby, complete with a glass ceiling allowing guests to look up into the statue. The lobby's Torch Exhibit showcases the statue's original torch from 1886. On the second floor, the Statue of Liberty Exhibit illustrates the history and symbolism of this magnificent work of art through artifacts, photographs, and videos. The promenade and observatory, reopened to visitors in 2004, offers panoramic views of New York Harbor and a stunning up-close look at the world-famous statue.
Time passes are required for entry into the monument, and a limited number can be purchased on a walk-in basis at the ferry ticket office, by calling 1-866-STATUE4, or by visiting www.statueoflibertytickets.com. Guided tours are available inside the monument, where one can learn more about the history, conception, and construction of this national icon. Free tours of Liberty Island, guided by park rangers are also scheduled at various intervals throughout the day.
- Park hours: 9am to 5pm
- Ferries depart daily from 8:30am to 4:30pm
- Ferry Fees: Adults: $12, Seniors (62+): $10, Children (4-12): $5
- Subway Stop:
- 1, 9 trains to the South Ferry Station
- 4, 5 trains to the Bowling Green Station
- N, R trains to the Whitehall Street Station
- Location: Liberty Island, New York, NY
- Phone: 212-363-3200
- Website: www.nps.gov