Statue of Liberty History and Facts

Statue of Liberty History and Facts NYC

Statue of Liberty Facts and History for Kids

If there's one popular attraction in NYC you simply cannot miss, it's the Statue of Liberty. Learn all about this lovely lady here, with NYCtourist's Guide to the Statue of Liberty History and Facts for Kids. Ever wondered how tall is the Statue of Liberty? Want to know how to get to the Statue of Liberty on Liberty Island? Want to know who wrote the inscription on the Statue of Liberty NYC? Read below to find out! We've got all the Statue of Liberty facts you'll ever need!

NYCtourist's Guide to Statue of Liberty History Facts

  • Statue of Liberty Construction Completed: October 28, 1886.
  • Designated U.S. National Monument: October 15, 1924.
  • How Many People Visit Statue of Liberty Each Year: 3.2 million.
  • Statue of Liberty Hours: 8:30am-5:15pm.
  • Statue of Liberty Height in Feet: 305 ft. from ground to tip of flame.
  • Statue of Liberty Weight: 450,000 lbs. (including 60,000 lbs. of copper).
  • Why Is the Statue of Liberty Green: The Statue of Liberty is made of copper, which over the years has oxidized to form a green coating (known as a "patina"). 
  • Is the Statue of Liberty a Man or a Woman: It was modeled after a woman. In fact, the face was supposedly modeled after the artist's mother.
  • Is the Statue of Liberty on Ellis Island: No, the Statue of Liberty is on Liberty Island.
  • What Does the Statue of Liberty Tablet Say: The tablet held in the left hand of the Statue of Liberty reads "JULY IV MDCCLXXVI" (the date of the United States Declaration of Independence). The iconic plaque, stored in the Statue of Liberty Museum, features Emma Lazarus's poem "New Colossus."
  • Who Wrote the Statue of Liberty Quote Inscription: Poet Emma Lazarus wrote the Statue of Liberty quote inscription (actually a sonnet called "New Colossus") for a fundraiser auction to raise money for the Statue of Liberty's pedestal.

Fun Statue of Liberty Trivia

  • The Statue of Liberty NYC was the tallest structure in New York when it was completed in 1886.
  • In some places, the green patina on the Statue of Liberty is as thick as the copper itself.
  • The seven points on the Statue of Liberty's crown represent the seven seas and seven continents of the world.
  • Long a symbol of hope and prosperity, the Statue of Liberty has been destroyed in countless films, including Planet of the Apes, Independence Day, Cloverfield, and The Day after Tomorrow.
  • There are 354 stairs to the top of the Statue of Liberty.
  • Only 240 people are permitted to climb the Statue of Liberty on any given day.

Statue of Liberty History for Kids

Many people are curious about the history of the Statue of Liberty NYC, but they're reluctant to read the dry, uninspiring history books available at the public library. If you happen to be such a person, you'll enjoy reading our condensed Statue of Liberty History for Kids.   

The History of the Statue of Liberty

As you might already know, the Statue of Liberty was actually a gift from the French people to the people of the United States. So what made the French want to build a big statue and give it to the U.S.?  Well, it all began when a popular Frenchman named Laboulaye said at a dinner party, "If a monument should rise in the United States, as a memorial to their independence, I should think it only natural if it were built by united effort - a common work of both our nations." (Today, Labouyale might have said, "If somebody wants to build a big statue in the United States, to celebrate their freedom, I think it's a good idea we help 'em out.")  

The comment was overheard by a young sculptor named Frederic Bartholdi, who happened to be present at the party, and it inspired him to design a statue representing Libertas, the Roman goddess of freedom. After several delays - Bartholdi had to serve in a war, and then get the O.K. from the American government - construction of the statue began.

Bartholdi built the head and arm of the statue first and then displayed them in Paris, France, for all to see. Then he asked Alexandre-Gustave Eiffel, the man who designed the Eiffel Tower, to help him make the body. When they were done building the body, Bartholdi and Eiffel took the statue apart and shipped its pieces across the ocean to the United States. As a gesture of goodwill, the French paid the shipping costs.

Funny as it might sound, we Americans didn't put the statue back together again for another year. This was because we couldn't afford to build a pedestal for the statue to stand on. Eventually, though, with the help of a newspaper publisher named Joseph Pulitzer, we raised the money, and construction of the pedestal began. The pedestal was completed in April 1886, and the statue formally opened in October of that year.

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