Statue of Liberty Museum

New York, NY

The museum combines superlative views with living history. The sculptor, Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi, created one of the ultimate symbols of liberty and freedom. The 305-foot-tall “Lady Liberty” was a gift from France and was officially dedicated on Oct. 28, 1886. Her crown represents light and the spikes sun rays. The tablet is inscribed with the date of July 4, 1776 in Roman numerals to commemorate American Independence. A broken shackle and chains at the statue’s foot denotes the end of slavery. Having never assembled a sculpture of this magnitude before, Bartholdi had Alexandre Eiffel design the secondary skeletal framework that allows the statue’s copper skin to move independently while standing upright.

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