The Statue of Liberty‐Ellis Island Foundation, Inc. (SOLEIF), with the National Park Service/U.S. Department of the Interior today unveiled the plans for the building of a new Statue of Liberty Museum on Liberty Island in New York Harbor, which is projected to open to the public in 2019.
FXFOWLE, the award‐winning architectural firm, has created a stunning 26,000 square‐foot, state of the art building. Every detail has been thoughtfully incorporated to complement and respect the Statue of Liberty and her Island. The museum will utilize the best practices for sustainability and feature a green roof‐scape and bird‐safe glass exteriors.
The interior and exterior spaces will be built with the materials native to Liberty Island and materials used to build the Statue of Liberty and Fort Wood including Stony Creek granite, bronze, plaster, and a variety of native vegetation. Pursuant to the new FEMA Executive Order on floodplain management and resiliency, the museum will be set above 500‐year flood levels and built to withstand hurricane force winds. The spacious new building will allow for expanded artifacts, content and exhibits conceived by Edwin Schlossberg and his team at ESI Design, on the history of Liberty, her original concept, design, construction, and her 1986 centennial restoration. The museum will explore the philosophical concept of liberty and how the Statue of Liberty serves not only as an American symbol but as an interpretive and celebrated iconic global symbol.
The exhibits inside the new Statue of Liberty Museum, created by ESI Design, will provoke insight, stir emotions, and inspire ideas about the Statue of Liberty and the ideals she represents. To begin, an immersive experience will take visitors on a virtual flythrough inside the monument with awe‐inspiring perspectives and an overview of the story of Lady Liberty and how the world has changed around her. Visitors can then delve into stories about the Statue’s construction, history, and global impact through historic artifacts, immersive media, and interactives. The culmination of the museum experience has visitors consider their own roles in liberty’s future through engaging activities. Liberty Mutual Insurance has joined the project as a corporate sponsor.
To date, Liberty Stars are Allen & Company, the Bezos Family, Bloomberg Philanthropies, the Carnegie Corporation of New York, Chanel, The Coca‐Cola Foundation, Comcast NBCUniversal, David Geffen Foundation, Michael and Linda Donovan, Jeffrey and Paula Gural, Mellody Hobson and George Lucas, Mr. Leonard A. Lauder, Deborah Simon, the Tisch Family, the Diller‐von Furstenberg Family Foundation, and The Walt Disney Company. Additional major donors include the Annenberg Foundation, Ford Foundation, Charina Endowment Fund, and the NYC & Company Foundation. Access to the museum will be free with purchase of a ferry ticket to visit Liberty Island and Ellis Island. Liberty Island will continue to be open to visitors throughout construction of the new museum. Source by FXFOWLE.