Lady Liberty’s “little sister” has arrived from France to spend the long vacation weekend near her iconic brother, on the grounds of a national park between New Jersey and New York.
The 9-foot, nearly 1,000-pound likeness crossed the Atlantic Ocean 135 years after “The Statue of Liberty Enlightening the World” – and will be held on Ellis Island from Thursday to Monday.
In contrast, the statue that greets those arriving in New York Harbor from Liberty Island measures 305 feet and an inch from the ground to the torch – copper alone weighs 62,000 pounds.
Auguste Bartholdi designed the original statue in Paris, where it was completely built in 1884. It was assembled and dedicated on what is now Liberty Island two years later.
The smaller bronze version was designed from the original 1878 plaster model by Bartholdi.
It was previously on display at the MusÃ©e des Arts et MÃ©tiers in Paris, where it was wrapped earlier this month, as shown in a time-lapse video shared on Instagram by shipping company CMA CGM.
Governor Phil Murphy, French Ambassador to the United States Phillipe Ãtienne, New York and New Jersey Port Authority Chairman Kevin O’Toole, Elizabeth Mayor Chris Bollwage and CMA CGM Ed Chairman Aldridge were scheduled to attend a welcoming ceremony in Port Elizabeth at APM Terminals on Wednesday morning.
After the short tour along New York Harbor, the mini Lady Liberty will then be taken by truck to Washington DC to stand in front of the French Ambassador’s residence in time for Bastille Day, July 14.
Little Lady Liberty will stay there in Washington for a decade, on loan from France.
Know before you go
Statue City Cruises is the sole provider of ferry transportation to Liberty Island and Ellis Island.
Ferries depart from two locations: Liberty State Park in Jersey City and Battery Park in lower Manhattan. Tickets can be purchased online.
Private ships cannot dock at Ellis or Liberty Islands.
Visitors to the park can access the grounds and museums.
Starting Thursday, the Statue of Liberty Pedestal Observation Deck will reopen to the public by advance ticket reservation – visitor capacity will be kept at 50%.
The crown of the statue will remain closed until a future reopening phase.
Visitor schedules will also be expanded, with the first ferry sailing to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island at 9 a.m. and the last ferry leaving for the islands at 4:30 p.m.
On Liberty Island, the 26,000 square foot Statue of Liberty Museum and theater are open “with limited capacity.”
The Ellis Island Museum is open, although theaters remained closed on Wednesday.
Limited snacks, drinks, and gift shop services are available.
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