Visitors will be able to see the original 3,600-pound torch of the Statue of Liberty at a new Statue of Liberty Museum, which is expected to open on Liberty Island in May 2019. The first torch made of copper and gold so that it would shine bright, took a beating from the weather and was replaced by a replica in 1984. It's been stored in the statue's pedestal ever since. The torch was transported at the new museum last week, along with a replica model of Lady Liberty's face.
The Statue of Liberty is the symbol of New York City, and she is also a UNESCO World Heritage site under the designation of "Outstanding Universal Value." Her full name is Liberty Enlightening the World, and she was designed by Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi and built by Gustave Eiffel. Lady Liberty was a monumental task and a gift from France to the United States to celebrate the centennial of their nation's independence and President Grover Cleveland formally unveiled her in 1886. Since then, the Statue has served as a symbol of hope and possibility for many people who entered the United States as immigrants via neighboring Ellis Island.
When completed, the Statue of Liberty Museum will be 26,000 square feet of history, inspiration and deeper analysis of the statue's symbolism both in the US and around the world. The "inspiration gallery," which is where the torch will live, will have floor-to-ceiling glass windows looking out at Lower Manhattan, including the World Trade Center.