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Statue of Liberty Crown opens July 4, 2009

June 29, 2009
Statue of Liberty (Source: Wikipedia)

Statue of Liberty (Source: Wikipedia)

After closure since 9/11 (2001), the Statue pedestal reopened to visitors in 2004.

The crown has been closed since 9/11, but will reopen on July 4 2009. Visitors will enter/exit the crown in groups of 10, under the direct supervision of a Park Service employee.

Tel: +1 866 782 8834 (within USA) or +1 212 269 5755 (international)
Timings: 8:30am-5:15pm (hours adjusted seasonally).

  • Take the ferry from Battery Park at the southern tip of Manhattan or from Liberty State Park in New Jersey (Statue cruises).
  • Be prepared for airport like security screening with similar restrictions (no food or open liquids, no knives, etc.) before boarding the boat.
  • No entry ticket is required to visit the island.
  • A free, timed ticket is required for entry to the statue.
  • Tickets are limited in number and can be obtained on the day from the ferry company or in advance (for $1.75) by calling the ticket office on the phone number above (8am-7pm) or online.
  • Signs on the Island state that you should obtain your tickets 1 week in advance to guarantee that you will be able to enter the pedestal.
  • The Promenade Tour (which requires a second security check) consists of a tour through the monument lobby and museum (20-30 minutes) and then outside to the promenade and Fort Wood. The Observatory Tour additionally includes a trip in the elevator to the pedestal observation deck (not up into the statue itself).
  • Security checks are rigorous so travel as light as possible.
  • Backpacks and other large bags are not permitted on the tours but can be stored in lockers for a fee. On busy days there may be long waits.
  • If leaving from Manhattan, you may need to arrive at Battery Park 2 hours before your timed tour to allow for security screening and ferry travel.
  • Best to arrive at Battery Park early in the morning.
  • From the Manhattan ferry the Statue of Liberty will be located on the right side of the boat. Admission to the Island is free – but you need to pay for the ferry.
  • Ferry Fees Audio tour $6.

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