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Visiting The Statue of Liberty

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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 English-language guided tours 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 self-guided audio tour is included with a ferry ticket and helps visitors learn about the Statue of Liberty while exploring the grounds of Liberty Island. The adult tour is offered in nine languages and the children's tour (ages 6-10) in five. A descriptive audio tour is also available for the visual-impaired. Audio tours run 30 - 45 minutes.

Statue of Liberty National Monument Official Visitation Certificates can be obtained in the Foundation's booth on Liberty Island. Certificates are digital and are sent by email.

Pedestal and Crown

Crown access 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. Anyone visiting the crown must be able to walk up at least 154 steps on a confined spiral staircase. Crown access is limited. Advanced reservations are required, and there is an additional fee.

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. All pedestal tickets include access to the Liberty Island Museum.

The Liberty Island Museum chronicles the difficulties and triumphs two countries-France and the United States-overcame to build a symbol of liberty. The museum also covers how the Statue of Liberty's interpretation has changed since its construction in 1886. A pedestal or crown ticket is required to access the Liberty Island Museum.

Getting Tickets

Ferry transportation to Liberty Island is provided by Statue Cruises. Ticket information for individuals or groups is available online at or by phone at 1-877-LADY-TIX. Tickets may also be purchased 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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