Free Statue of Liberty Virtual Tour
This interactive virtual tour is a combination of high-resolution spherical images, historical information, and historic images taken in the same areas decades ago. This virtual tour was created by the Heritage Documentation Programs, part of the National Park Service. For best results, please view these pages using a modern web browser. Some legacy browsers will not display some features.
It’s a 19 story building
I climbed up the Statue of Liberty as a child and again in 2013. I didn’t remember the climb but when I got there in 2013 and looked up I thought “Uh oh!”. I believe it’s the equivalent of climbing a 19 story building. And on the day I went the elevator in the pedestal was broken so that was an additional 6 stories. I can’t recall how long it took me to climb it but I had booked the first tour of the day so I was first in line. This was important because if you get caught behind slow people this could cause a substantial delay.
It’s essentially two metal spiral staircases one going up and one going down. As you ascend the ceiling gets closer in and lower as you get closer to the crown. The area inside the crown is pretty limited also. If you’re claustrophobic this is not for you! There are signs telling you how many steps you have to go to reach the top. I stopped looking at those. I checked an old drive and the pictures weren’t there. Anyway I think everyone (without a heart condition) should do it!
Free Statue of Liberty Virtual Tour – The Heritage Documentation Programs
The Heritage Documentation Program administers the Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS), the Federal Government’s oldest preservation program. HDP conducts a nationwide documentation program in partnership with state and local governments, private industry, preservation groups, and federal agencies.
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