The Statue of Liberty was put on exhibit at the Paris World’s Fair of 1878. It stayed there for a year before being shipped to New York City.
Located on Liberty Island, New York, the Statue of Liberty was designed by Frédéric Bartholdi (1876-1886). It was intended as a gift to the American people as a symbol of the friendship between France and the United States that was formed during the Revolutionary War against Great Britain.
The torch-bearing arm of the Statue of Liberty was displayed at the Centennial Exposition in 1876 and in New York’s Madison Square Park from 1876 to 1882. You can see inside the statue here.