A Symbol
of Liberty

A new museum gives the 4.3 million annual visitors to the Statue of Liberty the opportunity to learn about and honor the statue’s history, influence and legacy in the world.

The new Statue of Liberty Museum features experience and exhibit design by NBBJ’s New York Experience Design Studio, ESI Design. The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation built the museum to accommodate around 80% of visitors to Liberty Island every year who cannot access the Statue itself.

Video: The Statue of Liberty Museum
“ I am proud of Ed [Schlossberg] and all of the folks at ESI Design who took up the difficult task of writing and communicating our shared story... They have done a very fine job of it. The space is beautiful, thought­ provoking, and welcoming to all of our fellow citizens — of our country and of our world. ”

Barack Obama Former President, United States of America

Awards and Publications


Interior Design Magazine NYCxDESIGN Award, Winner (Shining Moment, Exhibition/Installation)
Global Digital Award, Best Museum
Digital Signage Awards – Winner, Museums and Historic Sites
International Design Awards – Honorable Mention
Urban Land Institute Awards for Excellence in Development – Winner, Institutional Development
Good Design Awards – Winner, Environments


TIME.com, “World’s Coolest Places, 2019,” December 5, 2019
Digital Signage Stories, “Liberty for All,” November 14, 2019
The Wall Street Journal, “The Statue of Liberty Museum: A Golden Door to an Iconic Monument,” May 29, 2019
Smithsonian, “The Americans Who Saw Lady Liberty As a False Idol of Broken Promises,” May 28, 2019
New York Post, “Statue of Liberty Museum lets you check her out from head to toe,” May 24, 2019
Fast Company, “Every American should visit the new Statue of Liberty Museum,” May 16, 2019
New York Times, “New Statue of Liberty Museum Illuminates a Forgotten History,” May 16, 2019