Museums and Digital Media

Like Lady Liberty’s story, resources on the statue span the Atlantic Ocean.

Visitors on Liberty Island, 2007.

Visitors on Liberty Island, 2007.

Here in New York, Lady Liberty still stands in New York Harbor and is well worth a visit. Liberty Island is run by the National Park Service and visitation information can be found here. Visitors to Liberty Island can view the pedestal that the Franco-American Union worked so hard to fund and climb to the top of Liberty’s crown for panoramic views of the city.  The National Park Service also maintains a website on the statue’s history and its changing meaning, featuring photo galleries, virtual tours, biographies on key people, info on the statue’s museum collections and other educational resources.

A little further afield, the Musée Bartholdi in Bartholdi’s native Colmar, France offers a look at the sculptor’s life and holds a large collection of original drawings, schematics and Statue of Liberty related artifacts. Info on all the museum has to offer can be found here.

Beyond physical sites, The Google Cultural Institute put together a very informative exhibit on the statue’s construction and assembly. The site features plenty of period photos and offers a look into the monumental task that was constructing the statue.

New York Public Library also holds an extensive collection of Statue of Library related photos and documents, many of which are available as part of their digital collection.