• 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 »

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Landfill was used to double the size of the original Ellis Island. In 1998, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that New York state could claim the area of the original island (where the Main Immigration Building stands), while the rest of the island belongs to New Jersey.

What state can claim Ellis Island? In 1998 the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the area of the original island (where the Main Immigration Building stands) is within New York state, while the part of the island created by landfill belongs to New Jersey. (For the full size map, click on the image.)

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Statue of Liberty National Monument, which includes Ellis Island as well as Liberty Island, is a national park in New York Harbor. The park's Public Affairs Office is responsible for media affairs on both islands.

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Phone: 917-299-3843 (mobile only; no land lines yet after Hurricane Sandy)

FAX: none (see above)

Mailing address:
Statue of Liberty National Monument
c/o Public Affairs Office
New York, New York 10004

Did You Know?

Ellis Island main building

Ellis Island was added as part of the Statue of Liberty National Monument in 1965 by Presidential Proclamation. The main building was re-opened in September 1990 as the national museum of immigration after what was considered at the time, the largest restoration project in American history.