Lady Liberty has been closed since right after the terrorists attack on 9/11. In order to get to the top, you have to climb 354 steps. All the tickets sold out fast for the reopening.
Among the Statue of Liberty’s changes since closing: improved, higher handrails on the main staircase; an enhanced the public address system; and starting this Fourth of July, stricter limits on visitors.
Beginning in 1982 the Statue of Liberty—with scaffolding eventually obscuring it from toes to torch—began undergoing a major restoration timed to the statue’s centennial in 1986.
The biggest 1980s change was the replacement of Liberty’s torch.