New, Larger Museum Planned at Statue of Liberty

  • October 06, 2016 12:14

  • Email
Artist rendering for the design of the new Statue of Liberty Museum.
Statue of Liberty - Ellis Island Foundation

A new 26,000-square-foot Statue of Liberty Museum within the Statue of Liberty National Monument on New York's Liberty Island was unveiled Thursday.

The larger building will replace a small exhibition space inside the pedestal of the Statue of Liberty.

Architect Nicholas Garrison designed the new glass, granite and concrete structure, with a grass-covered roof, to blend into the landscape, while taking in the views of New York Harbor and the famous copper statue.

Currently, only about 20% of visitors to Liberty Island are able to explore the tiny museum inside the Statue of Liberty. The remaining visitors to the island visit only the grounds, according to the National Park Service. 

Statue of Liberty
Wikipedia

Plans unveiled by officicals at the groundbreaking ceremony on Liberty Island set the completion date of the new museum at 2019.

About 4.3 million visitors visit the Statue of Liberty each year.  

EDSI Design will create the exhibition space which will include a large mural of 50 star sculptures evocative of the American flag at the entrance. Galleries will host a virtual flyover of the statue’s interior, exhibits on the sculptor Frederic Auguste Bartholdi and the history of the statue, from its gifting from France to the American people to its evolution as an icon of freedom and democracy. The Inspiration Gallery will hold the original torch.

"The Statue of Liberty Enlightening the World" was dedicated on October 28, 1886, and became a National Monument in 1924. In 1933, it became administered by the National Park Service.


  • Email

More News Feed Headlines

The Fox River is in clear view from the Farnsworth House in Plano, Illinois.  Photo © Carol Highsmith

5 Awesome Open-Air Art Settings to Stroll Outdoors or Online This Fall

  • ArtfixDaily / September 13th, 2020

Local fall foliage viewing and art getaways in the fresh air have added attraction during the pandemic. With the ...

Read More...
Rodney McMillian, Untitled (The Supreme Court Painting), 2004–06, Acrylic on canvas, 216 x 216 inches.  Courtesy of the artist and Vielmetter Los Angeles.  © 2020 the artist.  Photo: Gene Ogami.

'States of Mind: Art and American Democracy' to Open at The Moody in Houston

  • ArtfixDaily / September 17th, 2020

The Moody Center for the Arts at Rice University in Houston will be reopening its galleries on September 19 with the ...

Read More...
Francis Bacon works at Marlborough Gallery booth, Art Basel, 2011.

Art Dealer Sues Marlborough Gallery For $10.8 Million Over Alleged 'Scheme'

  • ARTnews / September 16th, 2020

Art dealer Max Levai is seeking at least $10.8 million in damages from his former employer. Levai sued Marlborough ...

Read More...
Allan Gerson, Border Wall, No.8, March 2019.  Courtesy The Estate of Allan Gerson.

American University Museum's Online 'Contested Space' Series Explores Themes Relevant to Presidential Election of 2020

  • ArtfixDaily / September 16th, 2020

Every four years, American University Museum in Washington, DC, presents exhibitions during the run-up to ...

Read More...

Related Press Releases

ARTFIXdaily Artwire