The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation, Inc. (SOLEIF), with the National Park Service/U.S. Department of the Interior today unveiled the plans for the building of a new Statue of Liberty Museum on Liberty Island in New York Harbor, which is projected to open to the public in 2019.

This is the first new building construction undertaken by the Foundation, which has been responsible for historic restoration and preservation since the 1980s. The new 26,000-square-foot museum was designed by architecture firm FXFOWLE and exhibitions are being created by experience design firm ESI Design.

It will be built by Phelps Construction Group. The new museumโ€”which is the key part of a beautification plan that also includes landscaping and lightingโ€” will give the more than 4.3 million annual visitors to the Statue of Liberty the opportunity to learn about and honor the Statueโ€™s history, influence, and legacy in the world. The current Statue of Liberty Museum, located inside the Statue of Liberty monument, is only accessible to a small fraction of the Statueโ€™s visitors due to the safety upgrades that were put in place following September 11, 2001.

Diane von Furstenberg was named chair of the fundraising campaign that seeks to raise $100 million for the Foundation, which, in partnership with the National Park Service, was responsible for the historic restorations of the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island and will build this new $70 million museum.