Construction begins on new Statue of Liberty Museum on Liberty Island

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New York will soon have a Statue of Liberty Museum.

The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation (SOLEIF) has been responsible for a number of historic restoration and preservation projects since the 1980s; however, the museum will be the first new building construction undertaken by the foundation, according to designboom.

The 26,000-square-foot museum was designed by New York-based architecture firm FXCollaborative, with exhibitions created by experience and interaction design firm, ESI Design.

Liberty Island receives more than four million visitors annually. The new museum, which will replace the small one currently inside the monument, will give visitors the chance to learn about and honor the statue’s history, influence, and legacy in the world.

An immersive experience will take visitors on a virtual flythrough inside the monument with an overview of the story of Lady Liberty and how the world has changed around her. Visitors will then be able to delve into stories about the statue’s construction, history, and global impact through historic artifacts, immersive media, and interactive displays.

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