NileGuide Expert Says:
The Statue of Liberty's original 1886 torch is included among the exhibits contained in the statue's base.
Liberty Island, New York, NY, United States
NileGuide Expert tip:
As of late 2009, the elevator at Liberty Island was reported to be "out of service for an extended period of time," so that visitors with Monument Access Passes were required to climb 168 steps to the top of the pedestal. Visitors should confirm via the website whether the elevator will be in service before their trip .
This iconic copper statue was presented to the U.S. by France in 1886 as a commemoration of the U.S. centennial and a gesture of friendship between France and the U.S. Since then, it has stood at Liberty Island in New York Harbor as a welcome to all visitors, immigrants, and Americans returning from abroad. Construction of the statue, supervised by sculptor Frederic Auguste Bartholdi and engineer Gustave Eiffel (mastermind of Paris's famous tower), began in France in 1875 and was completed in 1884, after which the statue was dismantled and transported across the Atlantic to be reassembled.
Lady Liberty stands approximately 151 feet tall and weighs 225 tons (450,000 pounds). Visitors used to be able to climb the 354 steps to peer at the view through the windows in her crown, but this option is no longer available. Currently, the museum and ten-story pedestal are open for visitation but are only accessible if visitors have a "Monument Access Pass" which is a reservation that visitors must make at least two days in advance of their visit and pick up before boarding the ferry. There are a maximum of 3000 passes available each day (with a total of 15,000 visitors to the island daily).