A gift from the French in 1886. The Statue of Liberty was assembled in Paris 1881-81, then dismantled and shipped to New York. But before the statue could be reassembled, the people of American had to raise money to build a base for the statue. The statue is made out of copper about the thickness of 2 pennies. We took the audio tour which I highly recommend. We were able to go into the museum and take the pedestal tour. If you want to see the museum and go out on the pedestal, make sure to arrive early, or better, get your ticked online. We had to pay $7 to park the car.
original flame, inside the pedestal
what the face looks like
this shows what the inside of the statue looks like
looking up inside the statue. The round staircase is over 300 stairs to the crown. This trip books up for months. It is free, but a limit of 240 people a day can go.