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 »
Due to extensive damage sustained during Hurricane Sandy, our traditional onsite programs cannot be offered at this time. Please check back here for updates of our onsite offerings.
We're glad you are interested in visiting Ellis Island with your students! Field trips to Ellis Island can be the highlight of your unit on Immigration.
When you bring your school class to Ellis Island, there are a number of opportunities to make the most out of your visit. Most require reservations, while touring the museum on your own does not (although you must purchase and reserve your boat tickets in advance).
Ranger-guided Education Programs include curriculum-based programs as well as general introductory programs and must be reserved in advance of your visit through Statue Cruises.
Even without a ranger-guided program, there is plenty to do and see while at Ellis Island, including a variety of lesson plans designed for implementation before, during, or after visiting Ellis Island with your class. Or, check out these ideas and tips for self-guided groups. The audio tour is included in the price of your ferry ticket, so you can pick up your class's headsets when you arrive on each 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).