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STATUE OF LIBERTY MUSEUM OPENS TO THE PUBLIC

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STATUE OF LIBERTY MUSEUM OPENS TO THE PUBLIC

Museum Celebrates the Statue of Liberty’s History, Influence, and Legacy in the World and Features the Statue’s Original Torch

The Statue of Liberty Museum on Liberty Island opened to the public following a dedication ceremony presented by The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation, Inc. and the National Park Service. New York City Mayor Bill de BlasioThe Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation Chairman of the Board Albert Bellaand President and CEO Stephen Briganti, as well as campaign chairperson Diane von Furstenberg participated at the ceremony, which also included performances from Broadway stars and the Manhattan Girls Chorus.

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“America needs this museum and what it represents now more than ever. Immigration defines us, and New York is the ultimate city of immigrants. The Statue of Liberty represents our core values – we embrace diversity, support our neighbors, and believe everyone should have a fair shot to live the American dream,” said Mayor de Blasio.

The 26,000 square foot museum features three gallery spaces, each one meant to inspire visitors and educate them about the Statue of Liberty in interactive and thought-provoking ways. The experience culminates with an up-close view of Liberty’s most iconic symbol, her original torch, held high for nearly 100 years. Rescued from the elements and replaced in 1986, the torch is the most powerful artifact visitors encounter as they reach the end of the museum experience. The museum merges landscape and building, and the roof is planted with native meadow grasses and offers visitors sweeping, panoramic views of Lady Liberty, lower Manhattan, and all of New York Harbor. Access to the museum is free with the purchase of a Statue Cruises ferry ticket to Liberty and Ellis Islands.

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