• 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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    Elevator maintenance will occur on October 22 and 23, 2014. As a result, there will be NO elevator service on Ellis Island.

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?

Great Hall circa 1900

In its time, Ellis Island was the busiest federal immigration station in America. In 1907, Ellis Island processed 1,004,756 immigrants, a record number for the Immigration stations. April 17, 1907 was the Island's busiest day, when 11,747 immigrants were processed. Today, the US Customs and Border Protection processes over 700,000 visitors daily through 326 official Ports of Entry. More...