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New York plans new museum for Statue of Liberty visitors

The 4.3 million annual visitors to the Statue of Liberty -- that most recognizable symbol of American freedom -- will be greeted by a modern multimedia museum in future, New York officials said Thursday. The celebrated statue, designed by sculptor Auguste Bartholdi and built by Gustave Eiffel -- donated by France on the 1876 centenary of US independence and inaugurated on Liberty Island in 1886 -- has not had a museum worthy of the name since 2001.
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