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.

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The torch has been on display inside the statue’s pedestal ever since. 

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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.

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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.