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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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?
From 1910 to 1940, the Angel Island Immigration Station in San Francisco Bay processed approximately 1 million Asian immigrants entering into the US, leading to it sometimes being referred to as "The Ellis Island of the West". Due to the restrictions of the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882, many immigrants spent years on the island, waiting for entry. Access to the island is by private boat or public ferry from San Francisco, Tiburon or Vallejo. Ferry services are reduced during the winter. More...