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

    Ellis Island

    Part of Statue of Liberty National Monument NJ,NY

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.

NPS Photo

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?

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.