Statue of Liberty Closing for a Year

Liberty Island staying open during renovation

By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff

Posted Aug 11, 2011 3:26 AM CDT | Updated Aug 11, 2011 5:13 AM CDT

(Newser) – If you want to get inside America's most famous statue, you'll have to do it before Oct. 28—or wait at least a year. The Statue of Liberty will close for a year after the 125th anniversary of its dedication, for a major renovation to improve safety and make the interior more accessible, AP reports. Liberty Island will remain open during the renovation and views of the statue will be largely unobstructed.

The statue was closed after the 9/11 attacks because of safety concerns. The base and pedestal were reopened in 2004 after a security upgrade and the observation deck at the crown was reopened on the 4th of July 2009. The renovation, which will include installing new stairways and upgrading electrical systems, will be "a major step in bringing a 19th-century icon into the 21st century," said Interior Secretary Ken Salazar.

The view of downtown Manhattan from the statue's crown.   (AP Photos/David Goldman POOL)
Visitor numbers surged 10% after the crown was reopened, largely thanks to a crusade by a certain Rep. Anthony Weiner.   (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
In this June 2, 2009 file photo, the Statue of Liberty is seen in New York harbor.   (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)
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