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Statue of Liberty National Museum

The Statue of Liberty Museum is dedicated to preserving and sharing the history and legacy of a remarkable American treasure and monument. Unique collections and modern galleries provide an enhanced educational experience, inviting visitors to contemplate the meaning of the Statue, and explore its history in thought-provoking ways. Beautifully designed and universally accessible, the museum houses an extraordinary and engaging collection of American heirlooms, enhancing visits to the island with interactive exhibits that enable visitors to explore the Statue’s grandeur.

This project marked the first new building project to be undertaken by the Statue of Liberty Ellis Island Foundation, which has overseen the preservation of the Statue since the 1980’s. The new 26,000 SF facility replaced the previous building that was located at the base of the statue, designed to withstand hurricane force winds. The angular shape of the building mimics the waters edges, while the embedded green roof provides a unique experience and vantage point for visitors. The site also incorporates materials such as granite, bronze and a variety of native vegetation that connect the original statue’s elements with the natural elements of the island.

Our team provided fire, life safety and accessibility code consulting services for the design phases of the new museum. Services included code compliance plan reviews, written design analysis of proposed design options, and assistance with code interpretations.

Project Details

Project Owner

Statue of Liberty - Ellis Island Foundation

Project Team


Project Location

Liberty Island, New York Harbor, NY, United States

Estimated Project Cost

25 Million USD design phase / 70 Million USD total

Project Size

26,000 GSF / 2,415 GSM

Sustainability Elements


Featured Experts

Kit Bryant

Senior Accessibility Consultant

BS, Architecture, MS, Architecture, Registered Architect: KY, NY, PA, RI, Registered Architect

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American Institute of Architects—New York State: Honor Award (Institutional) & Best of the Best

Architect's Newspaper: Best of Design, Unbuilt – Landscape

Building Design+Construction (BD+C) Building Team Awards: Gold Award

Engineering News-Record (ENR) New York: Culture/Worship, Award of Merit

Engineering News-Record (ENR) New York: Excellence in Safety, Award of Merit

International Design Award (IDA): Architecture–Institutional, Silver Award

Jersey City Arts Council Annual Awards: Architecture & Design

NYCxDESIGN Award: Exhibition/Installation, Honoree

NYCxDESIGN Award: NYC's Shining Moment

NYCxDesign Award: Winner, On the Boards

Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute (PCI) 2020 Design Awards: Special Award: Sustainable Design

The Chicago Athenaeum: Green GOOD DESIGN Awards

The Chicago Athenaeum International Architecture Awards: Museums and Cultural Buildings


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Dezeen — Flowering meadow tops Statue of Liberty Museum in New York by FXCollaborative
Forbes — The New Statue Of Liberty Museum Welcomes Visitors To A Redesigned Liberty Island

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