A new Statue of Liberty museum opening today. This museum will give its visitors a chance to explore the history of the museum and the impact it had on the world.
The museum will be home for the statue’s original torch and artefacts which had been in the smaller museum space inside the statue’s pedestal. It is opening today and will have limited access to the fraction of more than 4 million annual visitors who will be able to get the statue entry tickets.
“We looked at this small museum and thought, wouldn’t it be wonderful to … move it out to a place where more people could experience it,”
-John Piltzecker, National Park Service superintendent of the Statue of Liberty National Monument and Ellis Island.
The new Statue of Liberty museum is open to people who come to Liberty Island. It is located away from the entrance to the statue. From the outside of the statue, the glass walls and copper-coloured roof look like they are rising out of the earth.
“The entire structure is meant to connect to Lady Liberty, using the same granite that’s part of the statue pedestal and including copper as a nod to the material the statue is made of”
-Cameron Ringness, the project designer at FXCollaborative
“It’s really trying to belong to the site and the landscape and not feel like this building that just got placed here out of nowhere. We wanted to enhance the feeling that it’s really special to be in proximity to the statue.”
The museum consists of three main galleries:
1. A theatre where visitors walk through watching a film about:
- How the idea for The Statue came into place.
- The effort that was put in the making of the statue in France and its arrival in the New York Harbour and
- About its importance then and now.
The film is made by the footage taken by drones including an interior shot rising up through the inside of the statue.
2. The second gallery consists of exhibits that show what it would have been like in Frederic-Auguste Bartholdi’s studio. It also says how iconic the statue has become, not only in American culture but around the world. It has small candle holders that are small Lady Liberty.
3. The final section the visitors can take digital self-portraits and say what “Liberty” means to them.
“This statue was built to congratulate the United States for fighting the Civil War to free the slaves. it is based on this idea that liberty was a critical thing that we all had to struggle for, so that idea had to continue as a core value in this experience.”
-Edwin Schlossberg, president and principal designer at ESI Design
The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation is making an effort to raise $100 million in private-sector funds. They also have developed the app with Apple to bring the museum to the people who can’t visit it.