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The Statue of Liberty is more than a monument. She is a beloved friend, a living symbol of freedom to millions around the world. The museum exhibits are a tribute to the people who created her, to those who built and paid for her, to the ideals she represents, and to the hopes she inspires.
The 26,000 square foot museum features three gallery spaces, each one meant to inspire visitors and educate them about the Statue of Liberty in interactive and thought-provoking ways. The museum features a walkthrough theater that immerses visitors into the Statue of Liberty’s creation and construction and even offers a cinematic flythrough tour of the Statue. In the Engagement Gallery, visitors see how the Statue was constructed and have many interactive ways to explore its symbolic meaning. The Inspiration Gallery invites visitors to share their own self-portrait and a collage of pictures to create an ever-changing visitor mosaic that reflects a collective view of liberty. Visitors can also see the original torch on display in a glass-enclosed wing with a view of the Statue behind it.
The museum merges landscape and building, and the roof is planted with native meadow grasses and offers visitors sweeping, panoramic views of Lady Liberty, lower Manhattan, and all of New York Harbor.
The experience culminates with an up-close view of Liberty’s most iconic symbol, her original torch, held high for nearly 100 years. Rescued from the elements and replaced in 1986, the torch is the most powerful artifact visitors encounter as they reach the end of the museum experience.
The famous sonnet was written by Emma Lazarus in 1883. A bronze plaque, dedicated in memory of Emma Lazarus' contribution to the completion of the Statue's pedestal, has been affixed to the inner walls of the pedestal since the early 1900's. This plaque has come to symbolize the statue's universal message of hope and freedom for immigrants coming to America and people seeking freedom around the world. A replica of the plaque is on display in the museum.
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