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 remain closed at this time. The museum's artifacts remain in off-site storage. More »
School Group Reservations and Visiting Requirements
All ferry ticket reservations include full access to the Ellis Island Immigration Museum and the outside grounds of Liberty Island.
Ranger-led programs, movie, audio tours, and pedestal/museum access require reservations in addition to ferry tickets. Please check the park web site for program times and group size limits. Reservations for programs are to be made at the same time as ferry reservations.
All groups, even those planning a self guided visit, are encouraged to make ticket reservations.
All reservations are made at: www.statuecruises.com or by calling (877) 523-9849.
Arrive early to your departure point (either Battery Park in New York or Liberty State Park in New Jersey) in order to have sufficient time to pass through security—the boat will leave on schedule whether or not your group has boarded. All visitors go through airport style security to get on the ferry.
One adult chaperone is required for every 10 students. Chaperones must remain with students at all times. Please be sure all chaperones understand their responsibilities.
Groups visiting the Statue of Liberty: Groups with pedestal/museum access tickets on Liberty Island must plan time to go through the secondary security that is required to enter the monument. Large packages, large backpacks, suitcases, and all food are not permitted in the pedestal or museum. Lockers are available (for a fee) on Liberty Island.
Students may bring a bagged lunch or purchase food on-site. Eating and drinking is only permitted in designated areas.
At Ellis Island: Eating and drinking are allowed ONLY in the cafeteria/food court on the first floor of the museum, and outside.
There is no indoor student eating area on either island.
Educators are responsible for checking ferry schedules to ensure that groups have sufficient time to arrive for ranger-led programs on time (if reserved), visit both islands (if planned), and return to the mainland within their scheduled timeframe.
For questions about access for students with special needs, contact the park at (212)363-3200 ext. 134.
Other Rules and Regulations:
In order to preserve and protect Ellis Island and ensure visitor safety, we ask that the following rules and regulations be adhered to during your school group visit. Failure to comply may result in the group being escorted from the islands. We want your visit to be a rich and rewarding experience for all school groups.
One adult chaperone is required for every 10 students. Chaperones must remain with students at all times.
Everyone must keep all belongings with them at all times. Unattended items may cause a security incident for the group.
Feeding wildlife, including birds, is prohibited.
Littering is prohibited. Please deposit trash in the proper receptacles.
Smoking is prohibited indoors.
Did You Know?
Many government agencies have administered the Ellis Island immigration depot. The Bureau of Immigration, later called the Immigration & Naturalization Service (INS), inspected immigrants. The agency was restructured in 2003 under the new Department of Homeland Security and is now 3 entities : U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Immigration and Customs Enforcement and Citizenship and Immigration Services.