Lonely Planet Writer

Statue of Liberty to get new museum within three years

The Statue of Liberty is to get a new 26,000 sq ft museum on its Liberty Island site in New York Harbor within the next three years.

The new Statue of Liberty museum will be adjacent to the statue.
The new Statue of Liberty museum will be inside the statue pedestal. Image by Christophe Prenel/500px

When completed, it is hoped the new building will give more visitors the opportunity to learn about the history, influence and legacy of the statue. “With state-of-the-art exhibitions and iconic artefacts including the Statue’s original torch, the new Statue of Liberty Museum will ensure that future generations know, understand, and appreciate all that Lady Liberty represents in America and around the world,” said Superintendent John Piltzecker.

The new museum, conceived by Edwin Schlossberg and his team at ESI Design, will appear to rise out of the ground inside the Statue of Liberty pedestal and features a mural decorated with stars crafted from the original supporting iron bars. These have been preserved and maintained in storage since the centennial restoration 30 years ago.

An artist rendering of the inside of the Statue of Liberty Museum.
An artist rendering of the inside of the Statue of Liberty Museum. Image by ESI Design and Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation, Inc.

The entry fee will be included in the cost of ferry tickets when visiting Liberty Island and Ellis Island.  Visitors will be able to explore Liberty Island during the construction of the new museum as authorities have decided to keep it open during that time. Visitors can expect a virtual flythrough inside the monument and stories about the Statue’s construction, history, and global impact through historic artifacts and immersive, interactive media.

Project Designer Nicholas Garrison explained the “goal was to engage with the park’s formal, axial plan and respond to its spectacular setting. From the start, the design of the Statue of Liberty Museum was conceived as an extension of the park.” The 26,000 sq ft building, constructed of glass, granite and concrete, which will be sited across the circular plaza from the statue.

“Our goal is for visitors to take away a richer picture of what the Statue of Liberty has meant to people throughout her history – not only in this nation but around the world – and to see themselves as part of the amazing story of liberty’s future,” said Edwin Schlossberg, President and Principal Designer of ESI Design. With $40 million already raised, designer Diane von Furstenberg will continue to spearhead fundraising for the remaining US$30 million to complete the project.