The Statue of Liberty was given as a gift from France to the United States in 1886 to symbolize the friendship between the two countries.
The Statue of Liberty is 305.5 feet tall from the ground to the tip of the torch, and weights 450,000 lbs.
The second floor of the pedestal is a museum devoted to the history of the Statue. There is also an exhibit featuring the original torch from 1886. The crown was closed after September 11, 2001, but reopened on July 4, 2009.
You may only enter the Statue if you have a Monument Pass. You can purchase one in advance over the phone at (877) 523-9849 or online (see Resources). There may be tickets available the day you arrive on a first-come, first-serve basis. A Crown ticket allows you go up to the Statue of Liberty's crown.
If you cannot get a ticket, you can still participate in ranger-led tours of the island and visit the restaurant and gift shop.