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
Grand Opening this Saturday, April 21 on Junior Ranger Day to kick off National Park Week!
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?
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).