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 »
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 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?
Although Ellis Island is federal property and has always been historically considered in New York, the U.S. Supreme Court appointed a "Special Master" to mediate. The ruling in 1998 determined that the original island belongs to New York and the rest of the island, added after 1834, belongs to New Jersey.