Get some face time with Lady Liberty Youngsters gather for a photo on a life-size replica of the toes for the Statue of Liberty, inside its museum, Thursday, Nov. 5, 2015, Liberty Island, N.Y. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews/Kathy Willens)
Get some face time with Lady Liberty
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A full-scale copper copy of Lady Liberty's face is the first thing that greets visitors to the museum. It is in the base of the Statue of Liberty.
 
The face gives visitors a chance to get up close and personal with a part of the statue that would otherwise be far out of reach. But is only open to a small number of visitors. The museum is open only to those who have tickets to the pedestal or the crown.
 
The National Park Service wants to change that. It has proposed building a larger museum on Liberty Island. It would be open to all of the nearly 4 million yearly visitors to the site. Now, just 20 percent or so have statue tickets.
 
"We would like to make the visit as enriching as possible," said John Piltzecker.  He is superintendent of the Statue of Liberty National Monument and Ellis Island.  He shared the opening of public comment on the idea.  The comments will be among the first steps to making it a reality.
 
The next step would be working with a private foundation. It would raise money for the planned 20,000-square-foot museum. No federal dollars would be used for the project. Piltzecker did not have a total on what the project could cost. But he was hopeful the museum would open in three to five years.
 
The park service has an area in mind. It is on the northwest side of the island. It is somewhat away from the opening to the statue. The park service even has started thinking about what would go in it.
 
One possibility would be the original torch.  It currently greets visitors in the pedestal lobby.  It was removed from the statue in 1984. The material that is in the current museum covers the history of the statue. It also covers how it was made. Those materials would also make the move. 

That would include the giant face.  It would also include a copy of the statue's foot. Exhibits looking at the models and molds used to create Lady Liberty could also be moved.  The Statue was a gift from France for the America's 100th birthday.
 
Eileen Gormley was visiting from Princeton, New Jersey. She said having access to the museum was important. "This part here is very important and very informative.  And to just walk up and look at it, you do not get any of the background and history."
 
Michael Miller is from El Dorado Hills, California. He agreed.
 
"It brings it to life," he said. "It helps to make the seeing of the image itself more meaningful."

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  • Eric0221-YYCA
    11/24/2015 - 12:49 p.m.

    I think that it is cool that the lady liberty would be moved to a new museum so that people would see the things that the lady liberty had in the new museum. The Statue of Liberty should be moved from the parts that the Statue of Liberty would have in the new museum that the people are making for people to see the lady liberty. The Statue of Liberty shouldn't have to be moved because people wouldn't be able to move the whole Statue of Liberty because people wouldn't be able to see the Statue of Liberty if the whole thing has been moved to the museum.

  • hunterp-bel
    11/30/2015 - 02:02 p.m.

    That one is only open to people that have tickets.

  • alexian-bel
    11/30/2015 - 02:03 p.m.

    So more people who don't have tickets can come see the lady of liberty.

  • lindsayt-bel
    11/30/2015 - 02:07 p.m.

    They probably think it would be cool for most people to be able to see the face of Lady Liberty.

  • jolenec-bel
    11/30/2015 - 02:07 p.m.

    They want a new one because the old one is not the best and the new on will be more active and other things like that

  • rachela-bel
    11/30/2015 - 02:09 p.m.

    So people can be more amazed in the town New York City

  • silverc-bel
    11/30/2015 - 02:11 p.m.

    So they can fit more people

  • matthewa1-bea
    11/30/2015 - 06:03 p.m.

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  • taylort1-bel
    12/01/2015 - 02:07 p.m.

    It was important to have the museum to learn about the history of the statue.

  • tylerr2-bel
    12/01/2015 - 02:11 p.m.

    So people can learn about it.

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