Ellis Island 101
Visiting Ellis Island
Update as of March 20, 2013: Due to extensive damage sustained during Hurricane Sandy, Ellis Island is closed indefinitely. Statue of Liberty will re-open on July 4, 2013.
Students in large groups learn about Ellis Island as an immigration station a hundred years ago and as a museum today in this 40 minute program.
More than 12 million immigrants were processed through Ellis Island a century ago. Students will learn about what those immigrants experienced here and will also be introduced to Ellis Island as an Immigration Museum with three floors of exhibits. Museum "must see" highlights and recommendations will help students successfully explore the museum with their chaperones. The park ranger will conclude the program with a short question and answer session.
While there are no pre-visit or post-visit activities for this program, you can view and print activities and other information on our Curriculum Materials page.
Note that this program is offered Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 12:00 noon and is intended for groups of students numbering between 48 and 127 along with at least one (1) chaperone per every ten students (the maximum capacity for the program is 140 people).
Did You Know?
Ellis Island's south side contains 25 buildings that are mostly unrestored. These structures included general hospitals, isolation and psychiatric facilities for immigrants needing treatment or isolation. The U.S. Public Health Service staffed these facilities during the station's operation. More...