• 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, including most of the exhibits and both elevators, remain closed at this time. More »

Your Dollars At Work

Beginning in the Spring of 2010, Ellis Island is going to see a lot of construction work. Some of that work is much-needed repairs, while other work will enhance the experience of our visitors.

Please take note of, and respect, the safety notices and barriers you see when you visit Ellis Island. We want your visit to be as safe as it is enjoyable.

Thank you for your patience during these work projects. Ultimately they will help us preserve and protect this important chapter in America's history.

Please note: Entries for each project are in reverse chronological order.


Some of these projects are federally funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). The links to the right will tell you more about this work.


PLEASE NOTE: The American Immigrant Wall of Honor is not actually under construction. However, some sections of the Wall are within the construction zones of the repairs to the seawall, and therefore, may be inaccessible.

Did You Know?

Great Hall circa 1900

In its time, Ellis Island was the busiest federal immigration station in America. In 1907, Ellis Island processed 1,004,756 immigrants, a record number for the Immigration stations. April 17, 1907 was the Island's busiest day, when 11,747 immigrants were processed. Today, the US Customs and Border Protection processes over 700,000 visitors daily through 326 official Ports of Entry. More...