Statue of Liberty National Monument

The statue stands on Liberty Island in New York, and overlooks New York Harbor and the city skyline. A symbol of liberty and relief from oppression, she was the first sight of America for US immigrants who arrived by boat.

The Statue of Liberty National Monument, which has come to be known as “Lady Liberty”, was a gift from the French in 1886, and is a beautiful work of art. She holds the torch of enlightenment and the tablet of knowledge. She walks over broken shackles at her feet to defy persecution.

A museum exhibit at the Monument explains her history and significance. Knowledgeable rangers lead tours around the island and give the story behind the statue.

Visit the monument to appreciate the statue that has become an icon of the United States and the country’s commitment to freedom.

—Caroline Griffith

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The Anniversary of Superstorm Sandy

On July 4, 2013, Interior Secretary Sally Jewell cut the ribbon with New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, New Jersey Senator Robert Menendez, and Park Service Director Jonathan Jarvis to reopen Liberty Island for the first time since Hurricane Sandy. NPS photo by Steven Sinski.Exactly one year ago today, Superstorm Sandy made landfall in the New York metropolitan area, leaving a trail of destruction in its wake. The National Parks of New York Harbor, including the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, Governors Island, and Gateway National Recreation Area, felt the brunt of Sandy’s wrath, with Gateway alone sustaining $180 million […]

Hope in the Wake of Tragedy

Destruction on Ellis Island caused by Superstorm Sandy.When Sandy crashed ashore just a few months ago, it ravaged the cities, towns, and shorelines of New York and New Jersey and caused unprecedented damage to the region’s national parks. At the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, and Gateway National Recreation Area buildings were flooded and essential infrastructure destroyed. Electrical, plumbing, and sewer systems […]

“A Gift of the Whole People”

The Statue of Liberty National Monument. Photo © Narvikk/iStockphoto.NPCA recently forged a new partnership with the organization I helped found, ioby, as a way to provide a platform for local groups to crowdfund projects in our country’s beloved national parks. It sounds like a cutting-edge idea, and it is—though another cause beat us to the punch by more than a hundred years. In […]








November 3, 2013

I went to the Statue of Liberty with my mom on her birthday which is on August 20th of 2013 and she is beautiful and very vibrant in Upper New York Bay. This was our fifth time together and we can't wait to visit her again next year.


May 29, 2012

I just heard an amazing song about the statue . Written and sung by a great Irish singer after visiting it. What a treasure


November 10, 2011

How can anyone describe this experience except for All-American? I think I've been here 3 times and although the steps are a bit exhausting, it is definitely worth going to see. Plus the ferry is fun to ride.

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