Statue of Liberty Museum Standing 305 feet tall, Lady Liberty is one of the most recognizable figures in the world. In fact, she attracts 4.5 million visitors each year from around the world. But, entrance to the Statue of Liberty oftentimes requires a four-month advanced ticket purchase and an arduous 27-story climb to the crown. To enable wider access to the Statue of Liberty's story. The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation commissioned the 26,000-square-foot Statue of Liberty Museum which opened in May of 2019. It includes an immersive theater, and two galleries where visitors can revel in an up-close view of the statue's original torch, which was replaced in the mid-80s following a century of rainwater leakage that caused irreparable damage. A dramatic roof terrace provides unobstructed views of Lady Liberty and the Manhattan skyline. Accessibility and Sustainability: Critical Design Factors The museum was designed to not only ensure visitor accessibility and education but also to achieve LEED Gold certification, so sustainability considerations proved critical. A planted roof incorporates native vegetation that insulates the building by capturing and filtering stormwater and the grounds are rich with native meadow grasses that create a natural habitat for wildlife and migrating birds. Needless to say, energy efficiency was a critical design consideration. The enclosure of the museum includes a low window-to-wall ratio, highly insulated walls and extensive thermal bridge mitigation.