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

    Ellis Island

    Part of Statue of Liberty National Monument NJ,NY

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?

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On July 30, 1916, a major explosion at the railway terminals on the Black Tom Wharf in Jersey City did considerable damage to the Ellis Island buildings. The walls, ceilings, roofs and foundations of the hospital buildings were weakened, and many windows, casings and doors were blown out. The repairs to the facilities took about a year at a cost of nearly $400,000.00(about $8,333,333.33 in 2012).