The re-opening of the Statue of Liberty's crown was long awaited, following
the statue's closure in the wake of 9/11. The statue, a gift from France
to the United States, has stood in New York Harbor at the mouth of the Hudson
River since 1886. Lady Liberty has stood as a symbol of freedom and hope for
the US, and with the opening of the Statue of Liberty crown tour, the message
reverberating from her will once again be complete.
The Statue of Liberty
initially closed after the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, and though
other areas of the statue have been made available to the public, the crown
of the Statue of Liberty remained inaccessible. It was closed for eight years
because the climb to the Statue of Liberty crown is along a narrow, 168-step
staircase, and there was concern that in the event of another terrorist attack,
visitors would not be able to evacuate the crown of the Statue of Liberty safely
In preparation for the opening of the Statue of Liberty crown tour, rangers from the National Park Service prepared guides for the visitors who will climb to the Statue of Liberty crown. To ensure a pleasant visit and a safe climb for visitors, additional rangers are available throughout the statue to help with any situations or emergencies that may arise.
Additionally, higher handrails are in place on the narrow spiral staircase for better safety. Numerous other precautions are in place, such as requiring extra security checks for visitors and providing individual guides for the tour to the crown of the Statue of Liberty.
For safety reasons, only a small group consisting of no more than ten people
at a time can climb to the Statue of Liberty crown. Each group of ten visitors
climbing the twisting and narrow staircase to reach the crown is led by a trained
and experienced National Park Service ranger. The Statue of Liberty crown tour
is estimated to be capable of handling 30 people per hour safely, which equals
240 visitors per day. Those interested in taking the crown tour will undergo
additional security screening before having access to the climb to the Statue
of Liberty crown.
Although the crown is relatively small, once visitors reach the top they will be able to see the stunning views of the New York Harbor and the surrounding New York City area through one of the 25 windows that adorn the crown.
The statue, designated as a National Monument in 1924, will remain open for the next two years. After that time, the Statue of Liberty will close for extensive security updates and will remain closed for another two years until all new safety precautions and preventions are in place, though the museum in the base of the statue will stay open. But until the renovations begin, the Statue of Liberty crown tour is once again available to tourists and visitors to Liberty Island.