About the Statue of Liberty

About the Statue of Liberty
The Statue of Liberty, located on Ellis Island, is one of the most recognizable national monuments in the United States. Only 10 people are allowed in the crown at a time, and about three groups per hour can visit the crown. You can access Ellis Island from either New York or New Jersey.


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.

Article Written By Mark Kennan

Mark Kennan is a freelance writer specializing in finance-related articles. He has worked as a sports editor for "Ring-Tum Phi" and published articles on a number of online outlets. Kennan holds a Bachelor of Arts in history and politics from Washington and Lee University.

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