The Statue of Liberty Museum on Liberty Island unlocked for the public succeeding a devotion ceremony presented by The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation, Inc & the National Park Service. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation Chairman of the Board Albert Bellas & President and CEO Stephen Briganti, as well as the campaign Chairperson Diane von Furstenberg gave explanations at the ceremony, which involved various performances from Broadway stars and the Manhattan Girls Chorus.
“America needs this museum and what it signifies now more than ever. Immigration describes us, and New York is the final city of immigrants. The Statue of Liberty signifies our main values – we hold diversity, support our neighbours and trust everybody must have a fair shot to live the American dream,” said Mayor de Blasio.
“Now, we share in the American people’s gratefulness for this extraordinary involvement to the legacy of the Statue of Liberty, and for certifying her story will last to be told to this and upcoming generations,” said Superintendent of the Statue of Liberty National Monument and Ellis Island John Piltzecker.
The 26,000 square foot museum shows three gallery spaces, each one intends to encourage visitors and teach them about the Statue of Liberty in a communicating and interesting way. The experience ends with an up-close view of Liberty’s most iconic symbol, her unique torch, held high for nearly 100 years. Rescued from the elements and replaced in 1986, the torch is the most prevailing object, tourists encounter as they reach the end of the museum experience. The institution combines landscape and building, and the roof is implanted with native meadow grasses and offers tourists a panoramic view of Liberty, lower Manhattan, and all of New York Harbor. Entry to the museum is free with a buying of a Statue Voyages ferry ticket to Liberty and Ellis Islands.
“While the Statue of Liberty is one of the most recognizable representations in the world,” said Edwin Schlossberg, Founder & Principal Designer of ESI Design. “Our goal for the project of the museum experience is to immerse tourists in not just the magnificence and extensive history of the Statue, but also in the concept of liberty itself so that they leave with a deeper understanding of what it means to them and the current role required upholding it.”