The Statue of Liberty, officially called ‘Liberty Enlightening the World’, was inaugerated in 1886 by President Glover Ceveland, and has come to represent not only the City of New York, but the nation of America itself.
A gift of friendship from the French nation to mark the USA’s 100th centenary, it was sculpted in Paris by Frederic Auguste Bartholdi over two decades. The people of America at first reacted unfavourably to the statue being erected in New York Harbour, seeing the exercise as a waste of money. However, ever since its unveiling it has won the heart of the nation, and is New York city’s most loved monument.
The Statue of Liberty is made of a framework of 125 tons of steel, on which is hung a sheeting of 31 tons of pure copper, with the flame coated in gold leaf. The statue is 111 ft from head to toe, it helps to grasp the statues’ colossal dimensions, by knowing that the right arm is 42ft long, and the nose is 4 ft long.
The statue is often referred to as ‘Lady Liberty.’ The female figure proundly holds up the torch of freedom. The book in her left arm represents knowledge, and shows the date of the United States Declaration of Independence, 4 Jul, 1776 in roman numerals. The statue stands on Liberty Island, formerly known as Bedloe’s Island, on an irregular eleven star shaped pedestal, the pedestal walls were originally part of Fort Wood, an old military base.
Every day except Christmas Day
Monday to Sunday: 9:30am – 5pm
Hours are adjusted seasonally.
There are no fees for statue of Liberty.
The island can only be reached by a ferry ride:
(The ferry ride includes a visit to Ellis Island)
Statue of Liberty
New York, NY
How to Get There
Purchase round-trip ferry tickets at Castle Clinton National Monument in Battery Park, Lower Manhattan.
Ferries from New York operate on a loop, stopping first at Liberty Island and then at Ellis Island before returning to Battery Park, New York.