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 »
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?
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.