First Look: Designs for $70m Statue of Liberty Museum unveiled
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Designs for a state-of-the-art museum set at the feet of the Statue of Liberty have been unveiled in New York.
The $70 million (€62.5m) museum will open to visitors in 2019.
State-of-the-art exhibitions and iconic artefacts will include the Statue’s original torch, a virtual 'fly-through' experience, and a green roof-scape.
The museum will explore the philosophical concept of liberty, and the Statue of Liberty's role as an American and global symbol.
Renderings were unveiled at a groundbreaking ceremony attended by stakeholders including the museum's 'godmother', Diane Von Furstenburg.
"Lady Liberty is the symbol of everything America is about: freedom, hope, possibility and resilience. It is She that millions of immigrants saw first as they arrived in this country, their hearts full of dreams for a brighter future," the designer said.
The 26,000-square-foot museum was designed by architecture firm FXFOWLE and exhibitions are being created by experience design firm ESI Design.
It forms a key part of a broader beautification plan for Liberty island.
The current Statue of Liberty Museum, located inside the iconic monument, is only accessible to a small fraction of the Statue’s visitors due to safety upgrades that were put in place following September 11, 2001.
“Our goal is for visitors to take away a richer picture of what the Statue of Liberty has meant to people throughout her history – not only in this nation but around the world – and to see themselves as part of the amazing story of liberty’s future,” said Edwin Schlossberg, President and Principal Designer of ESI Design.
Access to the museum will be free with purchase of a ferry ticket to visit Liberty Island and Ellis Island (statuecruises.com).