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 »
Be An Ellis Kid
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?
Many government agencies have administered the Ellis Island immigration depot. The Bureau of Immigration, later called the Immigration & Naturalization Service (INS), inspected immigrants. The agency was restructured in 2003 under the new Department of Homeland Security and is now 3 entities : U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Immigration and Customs Enforcement and Citizenship and Immigration Services.