• 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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  • 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 and both elevators, remain closed at this time. More »

Shore to Shore

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.

 
Replica steamship bunk, period trunks, and other items help students to understand more about traveling on a steamship a century ago.

One of several activity areas used by students during the Shore to Shore program.

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Students in grades 4-6 learn about immigration at Ellis Island by walking in the footsteps of immigrants and experiencing what immigrating was like through hands-on small group activities.

This program is:

  • 90 minutes
  • Limited to 40 students
  • Offered Monday-Friday during the school year (September-June)
  • Free, but reservations are required

If this program sounds right for your class, request this program when you buy your ferry tickets!

Before the on-site program in the museum, prepare your class and complete the pre-visit activity in the new Teacher's Guide for Grades 4-6. The classic version is still available: Shore to Shore Teacher's Guide. Please give us feedback about the either version.

Looking for more resources and ideas? These curriculum materials will help you prepare your class for the visit.

Did You Know?

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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).