Statue of Liberty Museum Opens
15. May 2019
All photographs by John Hill/World-Architects
The Statue of Liberty Museum, which broke ground in October 2016, opens to the public on May 16, 2019 on Liberty Island. The 26,000-sf building offers three galleries, the famous statue's original torch, and an accessible green roof.
Most Americans agree that the Statue of Liberty in New York Harbor is the symbol of liberty, but agreeing on the meaning of liberty is something else entirely. The contested and ever-changing meanings of the term are one reason behind the museum, which is free for visitors who purchase tickets to ferry over to Liberty Island.
Designed by FXCollaborative, who conceived of the Statue of Liberty Museum as a "garden pavilion," the small one-story building tucked into the northwest corner of island sits low but is intentionally lifted a few feet above the 500-year floor plain. Visitors therefore ascend steps or a ramp to access the building, which has more exterior steps (or an elevator) up to the roof for panoramic views of the Statue of Liberty, New York Harbor, and the Manhattan skyline.
Inside, a trio of galleries, designed with ESI Design, immerses visitors in the history, design, and construction of the statue and gives people a chance to express what liberty means to them.
World-Architects got a sneak peek of the Statue of Liberty Museum on a gray day a week before its opening. Below is our tour through the building.