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 »
Island of Hope, Island of Tears
How far would you travel to find a better life? What if the journey took weeks under difficult conditions? If you answered "Whatever it takes," you echo the feelings of the 12 million immigrants who passed through these now quiet halls from 1892 to 1954. Ellis Island afforded them the opportunity to attain the American dream for themselves and their descendants. Come hear their stories.Read More
Find out what's happening at Ellis Island following the landfall of Hurricane Sandy.Read More
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Ranger in Your Classroom!
Park rangers offer curriculum-based education programs to 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade classes in NYC. Teachers, book your program today-it's free!Read More
Looking for Your Ancestors?
Here are some helpful hints and a list of resources to help you in your search!Read More
Two Islands, One Park
Ellis Island Immigration Museum is part of Statue of Liberty National Monument. Learn more about Liberty Enlightening the World!Read More
Did You Know?
Many government agencies have administered the Ellis Island immigration depot. The Bureau of Immigration, later called the Immigration & Naturalization Service (INS), inspected immigrants. The agency was restructured in 2003 under the new Department of Homeland Security and is now 3 entities : U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Immigration and Customs Enforcement and Citizenship and Immigration Services.