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 replica of Lady Liberty's face is the first thing that greets visitors to the museum in the base of the Statue of Liberty.
 
But the face that gives visitors a chance to get up close and personal with an aspect of the statue that otherwise looms far out of reach is available to only a limited 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. It would be built on Liberty Island. It would be available to all of the approximately 4 million annual visitors to the site and not just the 20 percent or so who have statue tickets.
 
"We'd like to make the visit as enriching as possible," said John Piltzecker, superintendent of the Statue of Liberty National Monument and Ellis Island.  He announced the opening of public comment on the idea, among the initial steps to making it a reality.
 
The next step would be working with a private foundation to raise money for the planned 20,000-square-foot museum, since no federal dollars would be used for the project. Piltzecker didn't have a figure on what the project could cost. But he was optimistic the museum would open in three to five years.
 
The park service has a location in mind, on the northwest side of the island somewhat away from the entrance to the statue. They have also started thinking about what would go in it.
 
One possibility would be the original torch, which currently greets visitors in the pedestal lobby since it was removed in 1984. The material that's in the current museum, which covers the history of the statue as well as how it was made, would also make the move. That would include the giant face, as well as a replica of the statue's foot and exhibits looking at the models and molds used to create Lady Liberty. She was a gift from France for the American centennial.
 
Eileen Gormley, visiting from Princeton, New Jersey, 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 don't get any of the background and history."
 
Michael Miller, of El Dorado Hills, California, agreed.
 
"It brings it to life," he said. "It helps to make the seeing of the image itself more meaningful."

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Why do officials want to create a new museum?
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COMMENTS (35)
  • owenh-ver
    11/24/2015 - 02:02 p.m.

    i think that if we create another museum then it would be really cool and better for learning about our country

  • zackd-ver
    11/25/2015 - 12:15 a.m.

    I think it would be very cool to move pieces and parts of the Statue of Liberty around, and if so I would someday like to go their and see the statue. I would also like to travel to the island of Manhattan because it would only be the second time I've been on one.

  • victoriaa-bru
    11/30/2015 - 09:57 a.m.

    According to the article,"Get More Face Time With Lady Liberty", What is a Reason For Officials to create a new museum.The first reason, In paragraph 3, "it would be available to all of the approximately 4 annual visitors to the site and not just the 20 percent or so who have statue tickets." There is a reason for officials to create a new museum.

  • andonyt-bea
    11/30/2015 - 05:46 p.m.

    I will want the face of the statue of liberty.So that way I will show it to my family and tell them who is the person who made it.

  • tiffanyf-1-bar
    12/01/2015 - 06:32 p.m.

    Official want to create a new, larger museum that would attract more tourists and provide more money. The article states,"It would be available to all of the approximately 4 million annual visitors to the site." Currently, the museum only attracts 20 percent of visitors that had already bought tickets to see the statue. A new museum with a better reputation will definitely bring more money and popularity to the island. I think this article is interesting because I didn't realize that the museum was so important for visitors an tourists.

  • reidi-4-bar
    12/02/2015 - 08:59 p.m.

    AT the base of the statue of liberty there is a museum and there is a full scale model of the statue of liberty's head in the front of the museum. You have to have a certain type of ticket to see the model of the head. the national park service wants to make it so all people with a regular ticket can see it. I think that it is cool that people can see the model of the head close up.

  • camerons-bea
    12/06/2015 - 05:45 p.m.

    I think they want a new museum for people to learn about important stuff

  • connors2-mcc
    12/09/2015 - 09:44 a.m.

    Officials want to create a new and bigger museum to make the visitors' visits as quality and thorough as possible.

  • leop-mcc
    12/09/2015 - 09:48 a.m.

    Officials want to create a new museum because it will be able to hold more tourists. The new building will hold approximately 4 million compared to the 20% that had tickets. This will be a huge upgrade. As John Piltzecker said, "We'd like to make the visit as enriching as possible." The visit will be better and more attractive, bringing in more visitors and more money.

  • gracem-mcc
    12/09/2015 - 09:50 a.m.

    Officials want to create a new museum because it would be open for about 4 million annual visitors, instead of the people who have tickets. They want to make the visit there as enriching as possible.

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