NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – The new Statue of Liberty Museum officially opens to the public today on Liberty Island.
The 26,000 square foot museum celebrates the monument’s history, influence and legacy around the world.READ MORE: Campaign 2021: Early Voting Begins In New Jersey And New York City
It has three main spaces – one shows a film, another displays artifacts, renderings, pictures and the statue’s original torch, and there’s a digital station, where visitors are encouraged to add their own thoughts on what liberty means.READ MORE: Many New Yorkers Canceling, Scaling Back Halloween Festivities Due To COVID Concerns
The museum is open to all visitors on Liberty Island, not just the 20 percent or so who buy tickets for statue tours. Admission will be included with the price of a ferry ticket.
“After 9/11, restrictions were placed on the number of people that could actually get into the Statue of Liberty,” said Stephen Briganti, president and CEO of the Statue of Liberty Ellis Island Foundation. “Because people couldn’t see it, we felt that they were missing something about the visit here.”MORE NEWS: Alec Baldwin Was Told Gun Was 'Cold' Before Fatal Movie Set Shooting, Court Records Show
This is the biggest upgrade to Liberty Island since the iconic statue was first completed in 1886.