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Liberty Museum Groundbreaking Video

 

 

 

The Statue of Liberty Museum

The Statue of Liberty is arguably one of the most recognizable figures from around the globe. Millions who cherish the ideals for which she stands make the journey every year to experience her history and grandeur in person. Yet sadly, of those 4.3 million annual visitors, only a small fraction can actually enter the monument due to increased security and visitor quotas.

The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation, in conjunction with the National Park Service/U.S. Department of the Interior will construct the first free-standing building on Liberty Island since the Statue herself—the Statue of Liberty Museum. This $100 million project is scheduled to be completed in 2019. The museum will encourage current citizens, new Americans and people throughout the world to learn the history of our national icons and explore and interpret the meaning of “liberty” thorough a comprehensive visitor experience.

Construction has begun on a stunning, glass-walled structure combining its island setting and relationship to the Statue in a functional, open environment. This museum will become a landmark in itself, attracting visitors from around the world to view its state of the art design and exhibition. The museum will merge landscape and building. It will be an extension of the park, providing new sitting, climbing and viewing spaces of the Statue, the Plaza and the city skyline. The museum will embody best practices for sustainable design including a green, visitor-friendly roof, geothermal systems and daylight optimization. In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, the museum will be set above the 500 year flood and wave crest levels and built to sustain hurricane force winds.

 

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