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 and both elevators, remain closed at this time. More »
Have Fun Learning about Ellis Island and the National Park Service!
An exhibit designed for kids visiting Ellis Island with their families opened April 21, 2012. Learn more about the Ellis Kids children's exhibit and hopefully you can visit soon!
There are many ways to have fun at National Park Service sites. At Ellis Island, you can explore the museum and follow in the footsteps of immigrants 100 years ago. You can see the skyscrapers of New York from the harbor. You can attend a ranger talk or take the audio tour. You can also become a Junior Ranger.
There are 21 more National Park sites in the New York City area. Click to discover more. Many of these sites have Junior Ranger programs too!
Even if you can't visit a National Park Service site, you can still have fun learning about national parks by becoming a WebRanger! Visit www.nps.gov/webrangers to learn more, play games, and complete lots of activities while learning about national parks.
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.