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NEW AUDIO TOURS DEBUT
AT THE STATUE OF LIBERTY AND ELLIS ISLAND


New York, NY (June 24, 2009) – Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation, Inc., in cooperation with the National Park Service, is proud to announce the launch of new audio tours for the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island Immigration Museum. For a single fee, visitors have the opportunity to enhance their experience at both Islands with these self-guided tours produced by the award-winning Discovery Audio.

The Statue of Liberty Tour provides fascinating commentary about Lady Liberty, her history, and significance as a worldwide symbol of freedom. A 30-minute tour of Liberty Island explores outside the Statue, and an extended tour lets those with a Monument Pass fully experience the Statue Museum.

The Ellis Island Museum Tour allows visitors to tailor their visit based on interests and time. The 45-minute overview tour provides narration and first-hand immigrant accounts that invite visitors to vividly relive the immigrant experience as if they were the "new arrival." Additional options give visitors the opportunity to explore the museum's exhibits and galleries in more detail via in-depth interviews with historians, architects and archaeologists.

Both Statue and Ellis tours are now offered in nine languages: English, French, German, Spanish, Japanese, Italian, Mandarin, Arabic and Russian

Tours are available for children and families for both attractions that provide a lively, interactive experience through the use of animal characters, which are available in English, Spanish, French, Italian and German.

“These wonderful new Audio Tours are as entertaining as they are informative and make a visit to the Statue and Ellis Island so much more engaging and fulfilling, especially for those with limited time” said Stephen A. Briganti, Foundation President and CEO. “And visitors will be pleased to know that a portion of the proceeds will help support the creation of the new Peopling of America® Center at Ellis Island.”

Audio tours are available at The Discovery Audio booths on both islands for an $8.00 rental fee for Adults, with a 10% discount for Seniors & Children under 12. Tours are free for the hearing impaired.

Group discounts and advance sales are available through Statue Cruises at www.statuecruises.com. The audio tours will also be available on iTunes.

For more information and sample audio clips, visit www.Ellisisland.org

About The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation, Inc.
The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation, Inc. is a non-profit organization founded in 1982 to raise funds for and oversee the historic restorations of the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, working in partnership with the National Park Service/U.S. Department of the Interior. In addition to restoring the monuments, the Foundation created a museum in the Statue’s base and the world-class Ellis Island Immigration Museum, The American Immigrant Wall of Honor® and the American Family Immigration History Center®. Its endowment has funded over 200 projects at the islands.


About Discovery Audio
Discovery Audio is a service from Antenna Audio, the leading provider of audio and audio-visual interpretation to museums, exhibitions, historic sites and visitor attractions around the world. Antenna Audio is a fully owned subsidiary of Discovery Communications, LLC. www.antennaaudio.com


CONTACT:
Elizabeth Oravetz (212) 561-4542
eoravetz@ellisisland.org




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