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Bebeto Matthews, Associated Press
John Piltzecker, National Park Service Superintendent, rides a ferry to Liberty Island, Thursday, Nov. 5, 2015, in New York. The National Park Service has proposed moving the the Statue of Liberty's museum from inside the statue to a larger facility, to be constructed nearby on the island.

NEW YORK — A large copper face is the first thing that greets visitors to the museum in the base of the Statue of Liberty.

It's an exact replica of Lady Liberty's own visage, giving people a chance to get up close and personal with an aspect of the statue that otherwise looms far out of reach.

But it's a chance that only a limited number of visitors to Liberty Island get, since the museum is open only to those who have tickets to the pedestal or the crown.

The National Park Service wants to change that, and has proposed the building of a larger museum on Liberty Island but outside of the actual statue that would be accessible to anyone who came over the island.