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The story of freedom and liberty, in our nation and around the globe, is ever-evolving. It is also fragile, deserves continued reflection, and should be available to all. Since 1886, the world has looked to a small island in New York Harbor for inspiration.
For many years, the millions who visited Liberty Island each year could learn about the Statue’s history and influence in a museum located in the monument’s pedestal. However, since 9/11, increased security restrictions and life-safety upgrades limited public access. Fewer than 20% of visitors were able to enjoy the complete experience of walking the island, entering the Statue, and exploring the exhibit space. In addition, Liberty Island welcomes increasingly more and more visitors.
Without question, to truly represent “liberty for all,” it was time to create a new, larger home for the museum. The Statue of Liberty Museum represents this exciting next chapter in our story of freedom. A chance to give millions more an opportunity to explore the Statue of Liberty experience and better understand her history.