NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – The Statue of Liberty’s original torch now has a new home.
The original torch was designed by French sculptor Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi. It was removed in 1984 and later replaced by a replica as part of the centennial restoration project.READ MORE: COVID 1-Year: A Look Back On What's Been Lost And How Tri-State Has Persevered
The torch has been on display inside the statue’s pedestal ever since.READ MORE: Who Is Cuomo's Possible Successor, Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul?
On Thursday, it was moved to its permanent home at the new Statue of Liberty Museum, currently under construction on Liberty Island.
A team of engineers disassembled the 3,600-pound torch and used a special vehicle to move it across the island.MORE NEWS: Former Aide Refuses To Accept Cuomo's Apology Amid Sexual Harassment Probe; Gov Stays Silent To Reporters' Questions
The museum is expected to open next May. Access will be free to those who purchase a ferry ticket to visit Liberty or Ellis Island.