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
The view of downtown Manhattan from the statue's crown.   (AP Photos/David Goldman POOL)

(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.

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