Starting on Friday the Statue of Liberty will be closed to the public for a year for some much needed interior work, but that doesn't mean that the curious won't be able to catch a view from the top of Liberty Island (which will remain open during the construction). As part of the statue's 125th anniversary celebration on Friday five 24/7 webcams will be going live from atop Lady Liberty's torch—a place which has been inaccessible to the public since 1916.

The five cameras, which will be accessible on and which have been donated by the Jersey company Earthcam, will offer four views for you to choose from, including a "a high-quality, 180-degree stitched panorama of the harbor with stunning views of Ellis and Governors islands." In the words of Brian Cury, founder of Earthcam, "This is not your dad's picture of the Statue of Liberty. This is not a view from a tourist helicopter. This is unique."

The views from the cameras should be pretty great for things like fireworks...or the next time Magneto decides to try and turn all the world's leaders into mutants while they meet at Ellis Island.