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 remain closed at this time. The museum's artifacts remain in off-site storage. More »
NPS PHOTO by Kevin Daley
Ellis Island is part of a National Park
Ellis Island is part of Statue of Liberty National Monument. The island is administered by staff of the National Park Service, an agency of the federal government located within the United States Department of the Interior. Law enforcement is under the jurisdiction of the United States Park Police.
The park superintendent assumes overall responsibility for park operations, resource protection and visitor services.
Management of a national park is a complex process. This section contains various documents that inform these efforts.
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Did You Know?
On July 30, 1916, a major explosion at the railway terminals on the Black Tom Wharf in Jersey City did considerable damage to the Ellis Island buildings. The walls, ceilings, roofs and foundations of the hospital buildings were weakened, and many windows, casings and doors were blown out. The repairs to the facilities took about a year at a cost of nearly $400,000.00(about $8,333,333.33 in 2012).