Here are a few interesting things you may not have known about the 131-year-old attraction.
The statue’s full name is Liberty Enlightening the World.
It was a gift from France, given to America in 1886.
The head of the statue was displayed at the World's Fair in Paris in 1878.
The robed female figure represents Libertas, the Roman goddess of freedom.
She holds a torch and tablet upon which is inscribed the date of American Declaration of Independence (July 4, 1776). From the ground to the top of the torch the statue measures 93 metres, and weighs 204 metric tonnes.
Lady Liberty wears a size 879 shoe.
She has a 35-foot waistline
Visitors have to climb 354 stairs to reach the statue’s crown.
There are 25 windows in the crown.
Laboulaye proposed that a great monument should be given as a gift from France to the United States as a celebration of both the union’s victory in the American Revolution, and the abolition of slavery.
Laboulaye also hoped the gift of the statue would inspire French people to fight for their own democracy in the face of a repressive monarchy under Napolean III.
Gustave Eiffel, the man who designed the Eiffel Tower was also behind the design for Liberty’s ‘spine’; four iron columns supporting a metal framework that holds the copper skin.
300 different types of hammers were used to create the copper structure.
The statue's face was said to be modelled on the sculptor's mother, Charlotte
The statue’s original torch was replaced in 1984 by a new copper torch covered in 24k gold leaf.
Although you cannot see Lady Liberty’s feet clearly she is in fact standing among a broken shackle and chains, with her right foot raised, depicting her moving forward away from oppression and slavery.
In high winds, of 50mph or more, Lady Liberty can sway by up to 3 inches, while her torch can move 5 inches.
Lady Liberty is thought to have been hit by around 600 bolts of lightning every year since she was built. A photographer captured this for the first time in 2010.