• Immigrants awaiting inspection in front of Ellis Island's Main Building

    Ellis Island

    Part of Statue of Liberty National Monument NJ,NY

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  • 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 »

Park Planning

Artist's rendering

This artist's rendering shows the first phase (immigration before Ellis Island) of the Peopling of America exhibit.

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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?

Ellis Island's Distinctive Facade and Towers

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.