When immigrants (people from other countries who were moving to the United States) were coming to New York on ships, the Statue of Liberty was one of the first things they would see. They were often very happy to be coming to a new land in which all people were free. The first place many immigrants were taken was Ellis Island. Today, if you visit the Statue of Liberty, the ferry will also stop at Ellis Island so that you can visit the museum which is there now.
The Statue of Liberty was a
gift to the people of the United States from the people in France.
It was made by the French sculptor, Frederic- Auguste Bartholdi.
It was placed in New York Harbor in 1886.
It was placed on an island called Bedloe's island. In 1956, the name of the island was changes to Liberty Island.
When you get off the ferry, you walk across a wide space to get to the Statue. Once you are inside the statue, you will see the first torch which Liberty held. It was replaced when the statue was fixed in the 1980's.
Inside you can take an elevator to the top of the pedestal (base of the statue) where you can walk outside, or you can walk up stairs to the top of the Statue.
Inside there is a fantastic
skeleton which holds up the Statue. The inside was designed by the
same man who built the Eiffel Tower, Alexandre-Gustave Eiffel.
You can climb the stairs all
the way to the top of Liberty's head. You will have a wonderful view
out the windows! You can look up towards the arm which Liberty holds
above her head. In her hand there is a torch. It is a symbol
of freedom. This torch light up like a lighthouse and helps guide
ships into New York Harbor.
On the other side you can look down to the book Liberty is holding in her other hand. The book says "July 4, 1776" You can also look down to the ground far below and see part of the pedestal which is shaped like a star.
When you go back down you may want to stop and go outside on the pedestal to see a wonderful view of New York Harbor.
Before you leave you might want to visit the museum which is in the base of the Statue. In the museum you can read and see pictures which tell you about the history of the museum. You can see a model which shows you how the face looks.
Soon the ferry will come back and it is time to leave the Statue of Liberty and take a boat ride back to Manhattan Island.
Maybe someday you will get to visit the Statue of Liberty!
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