NEW YORK -- Visitors to the Statue of Liberty will once again be able to go inside the monument, starting next month.
David Luchsinger, superintendent of the Statue of Liberty National Monument and Ellis Island, said the interior of the statue would be open to the public again starting Oct. 28. That’s the Statue of Liberty’s 126th birthday.
“We have reached a critical milestone in our Fire and Life Safety Project where we can begin to allow visitors back in to the monument on a limited basis while the project moves to completion by the end of the year,” Luchsinger said.
The interior had been closed off to visitors since October 2011 as part of a renovation project. A second staircase was added to the pedestal, where the museum is located, and other safety measures were taken.
The statue was closed for almost three years after 9/11, and access to the crown had been closed until 2009, but when a smoke alarm was tripped in 2010, officials realized the statue needed another emergency exit.