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, remain closed at this time. More »
Early European Use of Liberty and Ellis Islands
National Park Service, Statue of Liberty NM
Early European use of Liberty and Ellis Islands, including the construction of Fort Wood and Fort Gibson as part of the military defense system of New York
Information on the architecture and historic structure of Fort Wood can be accessed in the museum archives, summarized in the Fort Wood Historic Structure Report. The history of Fort Gibson is available for research in the archeology survey report in the library and museum collection. In addition to reports, the archives also have copies of the original technical drawings of the forts and their accompanying support buildings.
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.