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 »
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NPS PHOTO by Kevin Daley
Photos of Ellis Island After Hurricane Sandy
On October 29, 2013, Ellis Island was completely submerged by the storm surge from Hurricane Sandy. Basements flooded, which caused extensive damage to several systems: electrical, water, sewage, telephone, heating, air conditioning. The photos below show some of the damage. All images are in the public domain and may be used by media free of charge. Attribution for all images should be: U.S. National Park Service.
Damaged Ferry Building Exhibit, part 1
Did You Know?
During the island's 62 years of operation, over 12 million immigrants were processed at Ellis Island, including quite a few who went on to become famous such as: Frank Capra, Bela Lugosi, Baron Von Trapp, Irving Berlin, Max Factor, Claudette Colbert, Rudolph Valentino, Igor Sikorsky and Bob Hope.