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Statue of Liberty National Monument, New York City
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Liberty Island
New York
New York 10004
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Statue of Liberty, New York City

 

Photo by National Park Service

If your children anything like mine they know much about the Statue of Liberty. They've seen it on the screen - movies, television programs and video games. They're read about it in books. They've learned lots about the Statue of Liberty in school. Kids know that Liberty is a lady, that the French sculptor Frederic-Auguste Bartholdi designed it, that it was a gift of friendship from France, and that Lady Liberty is an icon of freedom. They know that each of her features, from the broken chains at her feet to the seven rays of her crown, has a special meaning. They even know the source of her green color. So why take the children? There's nothing kids like better than touring a site they know lots about.
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Statue of Liberty's head

Statue of Liberty's head

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There are lots of fun facts about the Statue of Liberty. Did you know that?

  • The Statue of Liberty was designed by the French sculptor Frederic-Auguste Bartholdi.
  • Alexander Gustav Eiffel, the same guy that built the Eiffel Tower, designed its skeleton.
  • The Statue of Liberty was made in France. It was shipped to the U.S in 350 pieces.
  • The Statue of Liberty is made of copper and steel. The pedestal is made of cement.
  • The Statue of Liberty is covered in some 300 sheets of copper. Each sheet was hammered individually to a thickness of 3/32 inch or 2.4mm.
  • The Statue of Liberty stands 305 feet or 93m high from the ground to the tip of the torch.
  • The Statue of Liberty sways 3 inches (7 cm) in strong winds; the torch rocks 6 inches (15 cm).
  • The Statue of Liberty is an icon of freedom and many of the statue's features have a special meaning.
  • Lady Liberty is dressed in pala and stolla, the clothing worn by the free people of Greece and Rome.
  • The broken chains and shackles at Liberty's feet symbolize America's escape from British tyranny.
  • The seven rays of Liberty's crown represent enlightened thought.
  • The Statue of Liberty's torch guides ships in the harbor and signifies the lighted path to freedom.
 
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