Posted at 10:32 AM ET, 08/11/2011

Statue of Liberty shuts up shop for a year


From time to time, a lady may be in need of a freshen-up. Even when — or perhaps especially when — that lady is a looming 135-feet-tall, 225-ton statue that must withstand all the elements of New York Harbor day in and day out.

After only being fully open to the public for two years (it was partially closed down after 9/11 due to security fears), the Statue of Liberty will be shut down once more after Oct. 28 to upgrade its elevators, bathrooms and electrical systems.

The closure will follow the 125th anniversary celebration of its dedication. Only the statue and its base will be closed. Liberty Island will be open to the public during construciton. The rennovation will last up to a year and cost about $27 million. Beauty does come at a steep price.

Read more about the closure here.

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