The Statue of Liberty’s original torch has been moved from the base of the statue to its new home in a museum that will open next year.

The original torch of the Statue of Liberty, and a replica of her face, rides on a hydraulically stabilized transporter, Thursday, Nov. 15, 2018 in New York. The torch, which was removed in 1984 and replaced by a replica, was being moved into what will become its permanent home at a new museum on Liberty Island. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
The original torch of the Statue of Liberty, and a replica of her face, rides on a hydraulically stabilized transporter, Thursday, Nov. 15, 2018 in New York. The torch, which was removed in 1984 and replaced by a replica, was being moved into what will become its permanent home at a new museum on Liberty Island. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

The torch was replaced with a replica in the 1980s.

The original torch of the Statue of Liberty rides on a hydraulically stabilized transporter, Thursday, Nov. 15, 2018, in New York. The torch, which was removed in 1984 and replaced by a replica, was being moved into what will become its permanent home at a new museum on Liberty Island, background. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
The original torch of the Statue of Liberty rides on a hydraulically stabilized transporter, Thursday, Nov. 15, 2018, in New York. The torch, which was removed in 1984 and replaced by a replica, was being moved into what will become its permanent home at a new museum on Liberty Island, background. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

Visitors watched on Thursday as the base and the flame of the 3,600-pound (1,632-kilo) torch were trucked slowly and carefully to the museum construction site about 100 yards (100 meters) from the statue.

The original torch of the Statue of Liberty, and a replica of her face, rest on a hydraulically stabilized transporter, Thursday, Nov. 15, 2018 in New York. The torch, which was removed in 1984 and replaced by a replica, was being moved into what will become its permanent home at a new museum on Liberty Island. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
The original torch of the Statue of Liberty, and a replica of her face, rest on a hydraulically stabilized transporter, Thursday, Nov. 15, 2018 in New York. The torch, which was removed in 1984 and replaced by a replica, was being moved into what will become its permanent home at a new museum on Liberty Island. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

The torch was removed in 1984 because officials with the National Park Service and the Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation determined that it was too badly damaged to restore.

The original torch of the Statue of Liberty rests on a hydraulically stabilized transporter, Thursday, Nov. 15, 2018 in New York. The torch, which was removed in 1984 and replaced by a replica, was being moved into what will become its permanent home at a new museum on Liberty Island. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
The original torch of the Statue of Liberty rests on a hydraulically stabilized transporter, Thursday, Nov. 15, 2018 in New York. The torch, which was removed in 1984 and replaced by a replica, was being moved into what will become its permanent home at a new museum on Liberty Island. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

A new torch was installed in 1985 and the old one was placed in a museum in the statue’s base.

FILE - This July 4,1984 file photo shows the original torch of the Statue of Liberty after it was removed from her grasp, in New York. The torch, which was replaced by a replica, was moved into what will become its permanent home at a new museum on Liberty Island. (AP Photo/David Pickoff, File)
FILE – This July 4,1984 file photo shows the original torch of the Statue of Liberty after it was removed from her grasp, in New York. The torch, which was replaced by a replica, was moved into what will become its permanent home at a new museum on Liberty Island. (AP Photo/David Pickoff, File)

The new Statue of Liberty Museum will open in May 2019.

Source: The Associated Press