Beacon of Liberty

Statue of Liberty National Monument

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The symbol of American freedom and opportunity, Lady Liberty has long been a beacon to those seeking refuge on our shores. Step back in time at the museum on Ellis Island and experience stories that weave the tapestry of America’s story.
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New York's Statue of Liberty was a gift of international friendship from France to the United States, and is one of the most universal symbols of democracy.

New York's Statue of Liberty was a gift of international friendship from France to the United States, and is one of the most universal symbols of democracy.

A close up of the Statue of Liberty's crown.
The New York City skyline at night, including the Statue of Liberty.

“Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.”
— Emma Lazarus

Located on the 12-acre Liberty Island in New York Harbor, The Statue of Liberty was dedicated on October 28, 1886 and was designated a National Monument on October 15, 1924. The Statue was extensively restored in time for her spectacular centennial on July 4, 1986.

Visit and tour the statute itself and spend time at Ellis Island, in operation from 1892 to 1954. Nearly 12 million immigrants passed through these halls to make a better life for themselves. Both still stand as a symbol of possibility, freedom, and the American dream.

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