• Immigrants awaiting inspection in front of Ellis Island's Main Building

    Ellis Island

    Part of Statue of Liberty National Monument NJ,NY

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Immigration Game Zone

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 participate in GameZone program on Ellis Island

Students in grades 4-8 learn about immigration at Ellis Island during its peak years (1892-1924) during this 90-minute program. A ranger explains the process of immigrating through Ellis Island while taking students through the Main Building. Afterward, students participate in an interactive question and answer game, which not only tests what they have learned, but also presents the information in another format, reinforcing the education experience.

This free program is offered weekdays during the school year and requires the completion of pre-visit activities before the on-site visit. This program is limited to 48 students.

Once your reservation is confirmed through Statue Cruises, please download the new Teacher's Guide for students in Grades 4-6 or Grades 7-8 to help prepare your students for the program. Or download the classic version: Immigration GameZone Teacher's Guide. Please give us feedback about the Teacher's Guide you used!

Additional curriculum materials are also available to help prepare for your visit.

Did You Know?

Annie Moore statue on the 2nd Floor of the Ellis Island Immigration Museum

Annie Moore was the first immigrant processed at Ellis Island on January 1, 1892, after she arrived from Ireland on the SS Nevada. Charles Hendley of the Secretary of the Treasury's office inspected Annie, she was then given a $10 gold coin by Immigration Superintendent Colonel John Weber.