It closed to the public in 1916.
Visiting the Statue of Liberty is on the bucket list of many people.
It is a national symbol that is recognizable around the world. It also is a destination that has limitations, including the torch.
Perhaps you have envisioned yourself standing in the torch and looking out over the New York City skyline. It would be a moment to remember, but it’s a moment that is not likely to happen. After all, the torch is off-limits to all visitors.
According to Ryan Socash, from Its History, it was possible to go into the torch up until 1916.
These days, the best you can do is to go up into the crown. Ryan touches on the subject and discusses it in detail.
He also talks about some redesigns of the torch and how there was, and still is, an argument over who the statue belongs to, either New York or New Jersey. You might also find it interesting to learn more about the color of the statue and why she is the bluish-green color she is today.
It seems as if the torch was closed permanently due to damage from an explosion at a nearby munitions depot, along with some wear and tear over the years.
The only people who are allowed in the torch these days are some Park Service staff members who maintain the floodlights. Watch the video below: