The National Park Service and the Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation have begun seeking donor support for plans to build a new museum on the history and legacy of the Statue of Liberty, reports The Wall Street Journal.
The campaign, now in the quiet phase, has already drawn a significant backer in fashion designer Diane von Furstenberg, who recently joined the foundation and has agreed to help with fundraising. She and her husband, media executive Barry Diller, have been major supporters of New York parks projects, giving tens of millions of dollars toward construction of the High Line and providing most of the funding for Pier 55, a planned recreation and arts space on the Hudson River.
Plans call for a free-standing, 24,000-square-foot facility on the north end of Liberty Island, which park service officials said would accommodate far more people than the current museum located in the statue’s pedestal. The new museum would have twice the capacity for visitors and eight times the exhibition space. No cost estimates for the project are available yet.