Ellis Island is open on a limited basis while repairs continue.
Ellis Island has reopened on a limited basis. Due to the nature of the destruction caused by Hurricane Sandy parts of the historic Main Building and museum, including most of the exhibits, remain closed at this time. More »
After the Storm at Ellis Island
National Park Service
Ellis Island is currently closed following Hurricane Sandy. While there is little damage to the museum collection in the Immigration Building at Ellis Island, there is significant damage to the infrastructure. Doors and windows in the Ferry Building were severely damaged, as were exhibits in the building. There is significant damage to mechanical systems and the fire suppression system has been threatened. There was also standing water in the basement of the Immigration Building where the concessioners' supplies are stored.
An Incident Management Team gathered the data that will be used to determine the full extent of the damage, the costs to repair it, and how long it is likely to take. There is a major cleanup of the flooded areas underway, as well as repairs to the power and communications, and a project to ensure the safety of the Museum Collection.
Did You Know?
When Ellis Island was opened in 1892, the facility bore little resemblance to the Renaissance Revival/Beaux Arts structure that people have come to know today. Made out of Georgia pine, the complex caught fire on June 15, 1897 and burned to the ground in about 6 hours. The current building was opened on December 17, 1900.