Ellis Island Closed Until Further Notice
As of May 2013: Due to the conditions caused by Hurricane Sandy, the Ellis Island Immigration Museum will be closed until further notice. A projected reopening date has not yet been established, follow our twitter account for updates. More »
Teacher Tool Kit
Teachers, want to use more visual and tactile resources with your students during your unit on Ellis Island?
Try the Teacher Tool Kit, which consists of items that will help students to learn about Ellis Island and immigration that are not necessarily primary sources. The tools, which will be added to the tool kit periodically, are designed with busy teachers in mind! Hopefully, you will be able to make them a part of your lesson with minimal time and cost. These resources will complement the lesson plans, activities, and primary sources available to you through our website.
We'd love to hear about how you use these resources in your classroom! Have ideas for ways to improve and for us to offer more? Please e-mail us with suggestions!
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.