“Liberty enlightening the world”
Thanks to an agreement with the State of New York, Liberty Island and the Statue will be open to visitors for six days, from Sun., Oct. 13 through Fri., Oct. 18. Ferry tickets are available from Statue Cruises. Ellis Island remains closed at this time. The Statue of Liberty Enlightening the World was a gift of friendship from the people of France to the people of the United States and is a universal symbol of freedom and democracy. The Statue of Liberty was dedicated on October 28, 1886, designated as a National Monument in 1924 and restored for her centennial on July 4, 1986. The Statue of Liberty (Liberty Enlightening the World; French: La Liberté éclairant le monde) is a colossal neoclassical sculpture on Liberty Island in the middle of New York Harbor, in Manhattan, New York City. The statue, designed by Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi and dedicated on October 28, 1886, was a gift to the United States from the people of France. The statue is of a robed female figure representing Libertas, the Roman goddess of freedom, who bears a torch and a tabula ansata (a tablet evoking the law) upon which is inscribed the date of the American Declaration of Independence, July 4, 1776. A broken chain lies at her feet. The statue is an icon of freedom and of the United States: a welcoming signal to immigrants arriving from abroad. Bartholdi was inspired by French law professor and politician Édouard René de Laboulaye, who commented in 1865 that any monument raised to American independence would properly be a joint project of the French and American peoples. Due to the troubled political situation in France, work on the statue did not commence until the early 1870s. In 1875, Laboulaye proposed that the French finance the statue and the Americans provide the site and build the pedestal. Bartholdi completed the head and the torch-bearing arm before the statue was fully designed, and these pieces were exhibited for publicity at international expositions. The torch-bearing arm was displayed at the Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia, in 1876, and in New York's Madison Square Park from 1876 to 1882. Fundraising proved difficult, especially for the Americans, and by 1885 work on the pedestal was threatened due to lack of funds. Publisher Joseph Pulitzer of the World started a drive for donations to complete the project that attracted more than 120,000 contributors, most of whom gave less than a dollar. The statue was constructed in France, shipped overseas in crates, and assembled on the completed pedestal on what was then called Bedloe's Island. The statue's completion was marked by New York's first ticker-tape parade and a dedication ceremony presided over by President Grover Cleveland. The statue was administered by the United States Lighthouse Board until 1901 and then by the Department of War; since 1933 it has been maintained by the National Park Service. The statue was closed for renovation for much of 1938. In the early 1980s, it was found to have deteriorated to such an extent that a major restoration was required. While the statue was closed from 1984 to 1986, the torch and a large part of the internal structure were replaced. After the September 11 attacks in 2001, it was closed for reasons of safety and security; the pedestal reopened in 2004 and the statue in 2009, with limits on the number of visitors allowed to ascend to the crown. The statue, including the pedestal and base, was closed for a year until October 28, 2012, so that a secondary staircase and other safety features could be installed; Liberty Island remained open. However, one day after the reopening, Liberty Island closed due to the effects of Hurricane Sandy; the statue and island opened again on July 4, 2013. Public access to the balcony surrounding the torch has been barred for safety reasons since 1916.
This is an amazing place! The last boat to Ellis Island leaves at 3:30 PM. If you miss the boat (as I did), bring your ticket with you the next morning at 8:30 and if the ticket person is nice, they will let you on the first boat out. Get off at the second stop (Ellis Island) and you won't have to purchase a second ticket. Crown tickets sell out far in advance. They must be purchased before you come to the island!
As a kid you imagine the statue to be much bigger, but it's relatively small when you see it from the coast. Not my favorite thing to do in NYC, but something you SHOULD do at least once just to feel the gravity of America's history of taking immigrants. One of those you have to do, but maybe won't do again for several years.
What can I say? It is the freaking Statue of Liberty. It is much smaller in person, but totally worth the experience to feel like an immigrant would have felt pulling into Ellis Island.
I first saw the statue when I was about five years old and for whatever reason I was taken by what it represented very deeply. Twenty years later I ended up living in Jersey City and seeing it almost on a daily basis.
It's a must in my opinion. If you can muster the empathy and put yourself in the shoes of a traveler who's been stuck on a ship for over a month, then you can appreciate what she represents. An effective symbol in my opinion.
Like Austin said, this isn't exactly the most thing to do in New York - it gets super cramped and really stuffy - but if it's your first time visiting you should absolutely check it out. You'll get some really cool views out of it.
Give yourself some time and also do Ellis Island while you are at it. You won't be sorry. The ride there is half the fun.
Take some time in the museum in the pedestal, but walk around the island and check out the magnificent views of the harbor and back toward Manhattan.
Was a highlight of our trip in 2007 and in 2013 again.... One of those landmarks that you can visit countless times and it never gets old. Also a photographers wet dream.... :)
Crown access tickets were sold out online about 3 months ahead of time :( we got pedestal access, which gave us a small glimpse of what you could see from up in the crown. Amazing place to visit, especially coupled with a trip to Ellis island.
Taking the ferry to Manhattan and seeing Lady Liberty is cool and iconic but it's much smaller than you'd imagine from movie scenes and pictures. Fun fact, there's also a statue of liberty in Paris nearby the Eiffel Tower.
Yes, this is the statue from Ghostbusters 2. It is even more magnificent in person. So, for some tips, give yourself lots of time to explore. Seriously, you may think you're just going to see a statue but there's actually a lot to do. So at least a couple hours. And the tour is about 2-3 hours long. Get there early cause it can get crowded, especially in the summer. Also, bring some food, cause it's pretty pricey, and again, long lines.
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