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: Campaign 2021: Early Voting Begins In New Jersey And New York City
The torch has been on display inside the statue’s pedestal ever since.READ MORE: Many New Yorkers Canceling, Scaling Back Halloween Festivities Due To COVID Concerns
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: Alec Baldwin Was Told Gun Was 'Cold' Before Fatal Movie Set Shooting, Court Records Show
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.