• Immigrants awaiting inspection in front of Ellis Island's Main Building

    Ellis Island

    Part of Statue of Liberty National Monument NJ,NY

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  • 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 remain closed at this time. The museum's artifacts remain in off-site storage. More »

Be An Ellis Kid

Ellis Kids Children's Exhibit

Ellis Kids Children's Exhibit at Ellis Island

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Kids, imagine being an immigrant a hundred years ago. Explore packing up, riding on a steamship, being inspected, "fitting in" in America, and becoming a citizen in this brand new space on Ellis Island.

Learn more about being an Ellis Kid through this interactive exhibit designed for families with children at Ellis Island!

Did You Know?

Ellis Island main building

Ellis Island was added as part of the Statue of Liberty National Monument in 1965 by Presidential Proclamation. The main building was re-opened in September 1990 as the national museum of immigration after what was considered at the time, the largest restoration project in American history.