The Statue of Liberty is a symbol of the immigrant country USA. Every ship arriving in New York must pass through the island with the “Statue of Liberty”. The statue represents the Roman goddess Libertas, symbolizing freedom. In her right hand she holds a torch high above her head, in her left hand the American Declaration of Independence. Since 1903, the famous verses of Emma Lazarus have been affixed to its base: “Give me your tired, your poor, your enslaved masses who desire to breathe freely…”
The monument was a gift from France for the 100th anniversary of the United States. Gustave Eiffel, the designer of the Eiffel Tower in Paris, developed the scaffolding with the help of which “Lady Liberty” withstands the often violent storms in the New York Bay. The Statue of Liberty could only be unveiled about 10 years later, in 1886, because it was necessary to provide funds for the construction of the pedestal. Since 1984, the “Statue of Liberty”, as it is officially called in the USA, has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The Statue of Liberty Museum provides information about the history of the creation of the Statue of Liberty. Through a glass wall you can take a look inside the figure. From the observation deck on the sixteenth floor you can enjoy a wide panoramic view. Access to the statue itself with the crown is strictly limited. The ticket must be ordered in advance. Visitors climb a steep spiral staircase. Only 30 people are admitted per hour, long waiting times are pre-programmed! Ticket reservations must be made through the sole provider Statue Cruises by calling 1-877-523-9849. Don’t buy tickets from illegal dealers around Battery Park!
Your visit to the Statue of Liberty
The security precautions on site are strict. Do not take larger bags or backpacks with you to the island. Only the tickets, a camera and medication may be taken with you to visit the Krone. Everything else can be stored in paid lockers.
Due to the high number of visitors and long queues, plan at least 5 hours for the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. Come as early as possible! From the lobby to the crown you need to climb 377 steps. There is no elevator between the platform and the crown. On the way back, the ship will dock at Ellis Island.