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Photos: Inside the new Statue of Liberty Museum

The statue’s original torch and flame are displayed in the new Statue of Liberty Museum, on Liberty Island, New York.
The statue’s original torch and flame are displayed in the new Statue of Liberty Museum, on Liberty Island, New York. (Richard Drew/Associated Press)

NEW YORK (AP) — A new museum opening at the Statue of Liberty is giving visitors another opportunity to explore its history and the impact the iconic structure has had on the world.

The 26,000-square-foot (2,415-square-meter) museum on Liberty Island, scheduled to open to the public on Thursday, is the new home for the statue’s original torch and other artifacts which had previously been in a smaller museum space inside the statue’s pedestal, which is accessible only to the fraction of the more than 4 million annual visitors who manage to get limited-availability statue entry tickets.

A worker put finishing touches on the ceiling in a room showing a movie during a press preview at the new Statue of Liberty Museum.
A worker put finishing touches on the ceiling in a room showing a movie during a press preview at the new Statue of Liberty Museum.(TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
A woman touched the full-scale copper replica of the statue's face.
A woman touched the full-scale copper replica of the statue's face. (TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
The Statue of Liberty is visible from the roof observation deck of the new Statue of Liberty Museum.
The Statue of Liberty is visible from the roof observation deck of the new Statue of Liberty Museum. (Richard Drew/Associated Press)
Lower Manhattan is reflected in the glass window.
Lower Manhattan is reflected in the glass window. (TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
A worker put finishing touches on the ceiling.
A worker put finishing touches on the ceiling. (TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
The Statue of Liberty is reflected in the windows of the new Statue of Liberty Museum.
The Statue of Liberty is reflected in the windows of the new Statue of Liberty Museum. (Richard Drew/Associated Press)
Statue of Liberty toys are displayed at the new Statue of Liberty Museum.
Statue of Liberty toys are displayed at the new Statue of Liberty Museum. (TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
A worker arranges tools in a display of an iron armature.
A worker arranges tools in a display of an iron armature. (Richard Drew/Associated Press)
A full-scale model of the Statue of Liberty's foot is among the artifacts.
A full-scale model of the Statue of Liberty's foot is among the artifacts. (Richard Drew/Associated Press)
A miniature Statue of Liberty.
A miniature Statue of Liberty. (Richard Drew/Associated Press)