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
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?
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.