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 Peopling of America exhibit
This exciting new undertaking will enlarge the story currently told of the Ellis Island Era (1892-1954) to include the entire panorama of the American immigration experience. It will include exhibits dedicated to those who arrived before Ellis Island opened and those who arrived between 1954 and the present.
The goal for this exhibit is to enable all visitors, regardless of when or how their families arrived in the United States, to find "their stories" and to make a personal connection to this special unit of the National Park Service.
Did You Know?
From 1910 to 1940, the Angel Island Immigration Station in San Francisco Bay processed approximately 1 million Asian immigrants entering into the US, leading to it sometimes being referred to as "The Ellis Island of the West". Due to the restrictions of the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882, many immigrants spent years on the island, waiting for entry. Access to the island is by private boat or public ferry from San Francisco, Tiburon or Vallejo. Ferry services are reduced during the winter. More...