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 »
The Statue of Liberty in Popular Culture
National park Service, Statue of Liberty NM
The image of the Statue of Liberty is in the public domain and is available for use to all. As a result, its use since the mid-1880s has been extensive. The museum has a large collection of objects, paper documents and textiles that illustrate the popular use of the Statue of Liberty in hundreds of different contexts. The image in advertising is prevalent as the trade card demonstrates, incorporating the Statue as "enlightening" buyers to the best brand of six-cord thread on the market. Numerous whimsical toys, including Cabbage Patch™ dolls, are designed and manufactured by commercial industries for childrens' play and collectors' shelves. Collectors and Statue of Liberty enthusiasts have an apparently endless supply of both mass-produced and hand-made original decorative novelties for their home or holiday.
Did You Know?
During the island's 62 years of operation, over 12 million immigrants were processed at Ellis Island, including quite a few who went on to become famous such as: Frank Capra, Bela Lugosi, Baron Von Trapp, Irving Berlin, Max Factor, Claudette Colbert, Rudolph Valentino, Igor Sikorsky and Bob Hope.