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The Statue of Liberty National Monument is a United States National Monument that is composed of Liberty Island and Ellis Island in the U.S. states of New Jersey and New York.[5] Established in 1924, it includes the Statue of Liberty (Liberty Enlightening the World), situated on Liberty Island, as well as the former immigration station at Ellis Island, including the Ellis Island Immigrant Hospital. The monument is managed by the National Park Service as part of the National Parks of New York Harbor office.

Statue of Liberty National Monument
Liberty and Ellis Island.jpg
LocationJersey City, New Jersey and
New York City, New York
Coordinates40°41′39″N 74°2′35″W / 40.69417°N 74.04306°W / 40.69417; -74.04306Coordinates: 40°41′39″N 74°2′35″W / 40.69417°N 74.04306°W / 40.69417; -74.04306
Governing bodyU.S. National Park Service
WebsiteStatue of Liberty
Ellis Island
DesignatedOctober 15, 1924
Statue of Liberty[1]
DesignatedMay 11, 1965
Ellis Island[2]
Official name: Statue of Liberty National Monument, Ellis Island and Liberty Island
DesignatedOctober 15, 1966[3]
Reference no.66000058
DesignatedMay 27, 1971
Reference no.1535[4]
Statue of Liberty National Monument is located in Hudson County, New Jersey
Statue of Liberty National Monument
Statue of Liberty National Monument is located in New York City
Statue of Liberty National Monument
Statue of Liberty National Monument (New York City)
Statue of Liberty National Monument is located in New Jersey
Statue of Liberty National Monument
Statue of Liberty National Monument (New Jersey)
Statue of Liberty National Monument is located in New York
Statue of Liberty National Monument
Statue of Liberty National Monument (New York)
Statue of Liberty National Monument is located in the United States
Statue of Liberty National Monument
Statue of Liberty National Monument (the United States)



President Calvin Coolidge used his authority under the Antiquities Act to declare the statue a national monument in 1924.[1] In 1937, by proclamation 2250, President Franklin D. Roosevelt expanded the monument to include all of Bedloe's Island, and in 1956, an act of Congress officially renamed it Liberty Island.[6] Ellis Island was made part of the Statue of Liberty National Monument by proclamation of President Lyndon Johnson in 1965.[2] The United States historic district, a single listing on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places, was designated in 1966.[7]

The islands were closed during Hurricane Sandy in October 2012 and suffered severe damage.[8][9][10][11][12] Liberty Island reopened July 4, 2013; Ellis Island re-opened October 24, 2013.[13]


"One of the first meanings [of the statue] had to do with abolition, but it’s a meaning that didn’t stick", Edward Berenson, a history professor at New York University and author of the book The Statue of Liberty: A Transatlantic Story, said in an interview with The Washington Post. The Statue of Liberty is a world-famous symbol of freedom, given in the 1880s by France to the United States[14] in celebration of friendship. Nearby Ellis Island was the first stop for millions of immigrants to the U.S. in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The national monument recalls this period of massive immigration to the United States.

Inside the statue, a plaque is engraved with words from "The New Colossus", an 1883 poem by Emma Lazarus:

Give me your tired, your poor,

Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!

Location and accessEdit

Ellis and Liberty Islands (bottom center) in Upper New York Bay at the mouth of the Hudson River (left) near Liberty State Park

The national monument is located in Upper New York Bay east of Liberty State Park in Jersey City, New Jersey and southwest of Battery Park at the tip of Manhattan in New York City. Entrance is free, but there is a charge for the ferry service that all visitors must use.[15]

In 2007, a concession was granted to Statue Cruises to operate the transportation and ticketing facilities, replacing the Circle Line which had operated the service since 1953.[16] The waters are patrolled by the U.S. Park Police[17][18] to enforce the restriction on private boat landings. Ferries depart from both parks and all boats stop at both islands, enabling passengers to visit both islands and choose either destination on the return trip.[19][20]

Tickets can be purchased at Castle Clinton in Battery Park or at the Communipaw Terminal in Liberty State Park. Along with the ferry ticket, visitors intending to enter the statue's pedestal must also obtain a complimentary ticket[21] Those wishing to climb the 154 stairs to the crown within the statue must obtain a special ticket, which may be reserved up to a year in advance. Ten people per group, three groups per hour, are permitted to ascend, allowing for a total of 240 per day. After an obligatory second security screening, they may bring only medication and cameras, leaving all other items in lockers provided.[21] Visitors intending to tour Ellis Island's south side must purchase a "Hard Hat Tour" ticket, which charges an additional fee on top of the regular ferry ticket.[22][23]

In 2019, the NPS announced that starting on May 16, 2019, tour groups will be banned from certain parts of the Statue of Liberty National Monument, such as the Statue of Liberty's observation deck and the Ellis Island museum. The NPS cited overcrowding for its decision. Although only 1,000 of the site's 24,000 daily visitors travel to the monument within tour groups, the NPS stated that these groups tend to block pedestrian flow within the monument.[24][25]


Liberty and Ellis Islands

Liberty Island and Ellis Island have been the property of the United States government since 1800[6] and 1808, respectively.[26] Historical circumstances have led to the unusual situation of Liberty Island and 3.3 acres (13,000 m2) of Ellis Island being exclaves of one state, New York, located completely within another state, New Jersey. The dominion, jurisdiction, and sovereignty of the islands have variously been the subject of a colonial land grant,[27] a provincial governor's directive,[28] and an interstate compact,[29] as well as several court cases and U.S. Supreme Court decisions. Liberty Island and the acreage on Ellis Island are part of New York City which are completely surrounded by the municipal borders of Jersey City, including 24 acres (97,000 m2) created by land reclamation at Ellis Island and riparian areas. Jurisdiction not superseded by the federal government falls to the appropriate state.[30][31][32][33][34][35][36][37]

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  1. ^ a b "National Monument Proclamations under the Antiquities Act". National Park Service. January 16, 2003. Archived from the original on July 1, 2014. Retrieved August 1, 2009.
  2. ^ a b "Ellis Island Time". Staue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation. January 16, 2003. Retrieved August 15, 2010.
  3. ^ National Park Service (1994). National Register of Historic Places, 1966-1994: Cumulative List Through January 1, 1994s. Washington DC: National Park Service. p. 502. ISBN 978-0-89133-254-1.
  4. ^ "New Jersey and National Registers of Historic Places — Hudson County". New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection - Historic Preservation Office. Retrieved August 2, 2014.
  5. ^ Frequently Asked Questions, National Park Service, accessed September 27, 2010.
  6. ^ a b "Early History of Bedloe's Island". Statue of Liberty Historical Handbook. National Park Service. Retrieved August 19, 2010.
  7. ^ "National Register of Historical Places - NEW JERSEY (NJ), Hudson County".
  8. ^ McGeehan, Patrick (November 8, 2012). "Storm Leaves Lady Liberty and Ellis Island Cut Off From Visitors". The New York Times. Retrieved December 1, 2012.
  9. ^ Fransco, Angel= (November 30, 2012). "Statue of Liberty Was Unscathed by Hurricane, but Its Home Took a Beating". pp. The New York Times. Retrieved December 1, 2012.
  10. ^ Star-Ledger. November 22, 2012 Retrieved December 1, 2012. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  11. ^ Mcshane, Larry (November 30, 2012). "Statue of Liberty will remain closed as post-Hurricane Sandy repairs continue". Daily News. New York. Retrieved December 1, 2012.
  12. ^ "After the Storm at Ellis Island". National Park Service. Retrieved December 1, 2012.
  13. ^ "Ellis Island to reopen a year after Hurricane Sandy".
  14. ^ "Statue of Liberty National Monument". National Park Service. December 31, 2007. Retrieved July 24, 2008.
  15. ^ "Fees & Passes". Statue Of Liberty National Monument (U.S. National Park Service). May 20, 2019. Retrieved June 16, 2019.
  16. ^ Ramirez, Anthony (June 29, 2007). "Circle Line Loses Pact for Ferries to Liberty Island". New York Times. Retrieved August 15, 2010.
  17. ^ "US Park Police". Ferry Map. US Park Police. Retrieved August 15, 2010.
  18. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on July 14, 2011. Retrieved September 5, 2010.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  19. ^ "NPS: Liberty and Ellis Island ferry map". Ferry Map. National Park Service. Retrieved August 15, 2010.
  20. ^ "Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island". Statue Cruises. Retrieved August 18, 2010.
  21. ^ a b "Frequently asked questions". Statue of Liberty. National Park Service. Retrieved August 15, 2010.
  22. ^ "Unrestored Ellis Island Buildings Opening for the First Time in 60 Years - Ellis Island Part of Statue of Liberty National Monument (U.S. National Park Service)". September 15, 2014. Retrieved June 16, 2019.
  23. ^ "HARD HAT TOURS". Retrieved June 16, 2019.
  24. ^ Rosenberg, Zoe (May 1, 2019). "Statue of Liberty will ban tour guides from some of its most popular areas". Curbed NY. Retrieved May 2, 2019.
  25. ^ "Everyone's Welcome at the Statue of Liberty. Except Tour Guides". The New York Times. April 1, 2019. Retrieved May 2, 2019.
  26. ^ "Fort Wood".
  27. ^ "The Federal and State constitutions, colonial charters, and other organic laws of the state[s], territories, and colonies now or heretofore forming the United States of America /compiled and edited under the Act of Congress of June 30, 1906". December 18, 1998.
  28. ^ Moss, Mitchell (Summer 1988). "New York vs New Jersey: A New Perspective". Portfolio (PANYNJ). 1 (2). Archived from the original on February 22, 2012.
  29. ^ General Services Administration Offices of General Council (February 11, 1963). "Ellis Island Its Legal Status" (PDF). National Park Service. Retrieved March 3, 2011.
  30. ^ "New Jersey v. New York, 28 U.S. 461 (1830)".
  31. ^ Greenhouse, Linda (May 27, 1998). "The Ellis Island Verdict: The Ruling; High Court Gives New Jersey Most of Ellis Island". The New York Times.
  32. ^ Rieff, Henry. "Intrepretations of New York-New Jersey Agreements 1834 and 1921" (PDF). Newark Law Review. 1 (2).
  33. ^ "Statue of Liberty National Monument — Frequently Asked Questions". National Park Service. Retrieved February 1, 2010.
  34. ^ "Central R. Co. of New Jersey v. Jersey City, 209 U.S. 473 (1908)".
  35. ^ Application of Devoe Manufacturing Company for a Writ of Prohibition/Opinion of the Court - Wikisource, the free online library. Retrieved on July 15, 2013.
  36. ^ "Maps - Ellis Island Part of Statue of Liberty National Monument (U.S. National Park Service)".
  37. ^ "New Jersey v. New York, 523 U.S. 767 (1998)".

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Ellis Island:


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