Ticket Prices (Including Ellis Island): $18 per Adult, $9 per Child. With Crown (Advance Reservation Required) +$3 per person ($21 per Adult / $12 per Child total)
Public Hours: 8:30am - 5:30pm (Seasonally Adjusted)
Telephone: +1 (877) 523-9849
Address: Liberty Island | Subway: 1 to South Ferry, 4/5 to Bowling Green
The Statue of Liberty stands alone on Liberty Island and was often the first sight for immigrants as they proceeded through to Ellis Island during one of the most expansive eras in American history, a time when New York City earned its status as the melting pot of the world.
Lady Liberty, also known as Liberty Englightening the World, or in French La Liberté éclairant le monde, is a colossal neoclassical sculpture that overlooks New York Harbor. A gift to the American people from France as a monument to American independence, the copper statue was designed by French sculptor Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi and built by Gustave Eiffel. The original idea for the Statue of Liberty goes as far back to a conversation between Édouard René de Laboulaye, a staunch abolitionist and Frédéric Bartholdi, a sculptor in mid-1865.
The now famous quote by Laboulaye which set the tone for the project was shared in after-dinner discussions:
“If a monument should rise in the United States, as a memorial to their independence, I should think it only natural if it were built by united effort – a common work of both our nations.”
For more than ten years, following Bartholdi’s site selection of New York Harbor in 1871, the design and elegance of the 151ft-tall Statue of Liberty were under construction. During 1878 the crown of the monument was put on display as part of the Paris World’s Fair. Initial construction was completed with the assistance of Viollet-le-Duc, but when he fell ill and died in 1879 it left a gap in connecting the copper skin to a proposed masonry pier.
By 1880, Bartholdi was able to have the structure composed of a massive iron skeleton designed and built by Gustave Eiffel, of Eiffel tower fame, which could be connected to the copper skin with galvanic corrosion prevented by insulating the skin with asbestos impregnated with shellac. Eiffel’s design for the statue is one of the first examples of curtain wall construction, in which the exterior façade of the structure is not involved in the overall structural load bearing.
Once design was completed in France, the French steamer Isère set sail for New York port, finally arriving safely on June 17th, 1865 with the Statue of Liberty on board fully disassembled. More than 200,000 people lined the docks of New York as the Isère arrived into port.
The statue was finally dedicated during the afternoon of October 28, 1886 by President Grover Cleveland, New York’s former governor.
For modern travelers wanting to visit Lady Liberty to witness the colossal monument in person, it is advisable to plan far in advance. Tickets to visit the crown can become sold out quickly and often require planning weeks or months in advance as numbers are extremely limited. You may still be able to purchase ferry tickets the day of your travels. If you choose to wander the grounds of Liberty Island you’ll be able to observe the statue from a 16-story observation deck specially designed to give you an incredible view of statue’s interior through a glass ceiling.
Because the Statue is located on Liberty Island in New York Harbor, you will need to take a ferry from Battery Park to get to the island. Ferry trips will include nearby Ellis Island in the price. Getting to the ferry by Subway is easy by making your way from the South Ferry or Bowling Green subway stations.