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Statue of Liberty to close; will get giant makeover

August 11, 2011 | 12:36 pm

Statue_of_Liberty
The Statue of Liberty is showing her age, and plans to have a little work done. She celebrates her 125th birthday in October with all the fanfare befitting such a grande dame, and then will close to the public for a year while the National Park Service does some nipping and tucking.

However, don't panic if you're traveling to the area in the near future. Only the interior of the statue will be closed to the public. "Don't worry, Liberty Island will remain OPEN so a visit should remain part of your travel plans," says the National Park Service website, bold and caps included.

Perhaps that won't disrupt too many travel plans. The National Park Service says that only 30% of visitors make the reservation required to examine the interior. The rest limit themselves to exploring Liberty Island.

The park's website details plans for the $27.25-million makeover: "When completed, the interior will have new stairways and elevators. Upgrades to water and mechanical systems will also be addressed. Since the work is being done inside, views of Lady Liberty from land and sea will remain unobstructed." 

One of the most recognizable monuments the world over, the statue rises up out of the water between New York City and New Jersey; the interior is set to reopen to visitors in winter 2012.

Details about the October birthday party are available at the Statue of Liberty's Twitter feed. (Yes, even the Statue of Liberty is on Twitter.)

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--Rene Lynch
Twitter / renelynch

File photo: Richard Drew / Associated Press

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