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The Statue of Liberty, in New York city, will welcome a new $70 million museum as an homage to Lady Liberty herself. Plans for the 25,830-square-foot space located at the base of the structure have just been unveiled to the public. Discover all with Design Limited Edition blog!
The museum’s exhibitions, conceived by New York–based ESI Design, will allow visitors to explore the statue’s storied past, including its original design and construction and its 1986 centennial restoration.
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Linking new and old is a central theme of the museum, whose centerpiece will be the statue’s original torch, which was replaced during a renovation in the 1980s. The old torch will be displayed in a glass-walled space, allowing visitors to view it and its replacement at the same time.
Designed by New York architecture firm FxFowle, the museum will have a grass-covered roof and bird-safe glass windows, creating an eco-friendly environment on Liberty Island. Furthermore, Phelps Construction Group, the team tasked with building the museum, will use materials native to the area, including Stony Creek granite, bronze, plaster, and a variety of indigenous plants.
The museum—which is being funded by the National Park Service—is expected to open in 2019. Entry will be free with the purchase of a ferry ticket to Liberty Island and Ellis Island.
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Visitors will get a virtual “fly-through” of the interior of the statue in a theater, along with exhibits on the history of the monument erected in 1886 as a gift from France.
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