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    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 remain closed at this time. The museum's artifacts remain in off-site storage. More »

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Damaged Save Ellis Island exhibit

The exhibit in the Ferry Building suffered major damage during the storm. Thankfully, exhibits in the Main Building suffered no such damage. Nonetheless, documents and artifacts have been moved to Maryland for climate-controlled safekeeping until Ellis Island once again has climate-control.

NPS PHOTO by Kevin Daley

Photos of Ellis Island After Hurricane Sandy

On October 29, 2012, 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
Damaged Ferry Building Exhibit, part 2
Doors and windows to Ferry Building knocked down by storm surge
Fuel tank uprooted
U.S. Park Police Boat breaches temporary building in back of Ellis Island
Main Building Basement after flooding
Incident Response team at Ellis
Main Building sign down
Windows and doors damaged in historic corridor
Conservators packing up artifacts for safekeeping

 
 
Ellis Island Photo Collage The Main Building on Ellis Island; Links to flickr Collections Page  Students posing with NPS Rangers in front of the Main Building on Ellis Island; Links to "Students in Action" flickr collection  The Great Hall circa 1911; Links to "When Immigrants Walked These Halls" flickr collection  Ellis Island's Great Hall bathed in sunlight; Links to "As a National Park Service Years" flickr collection  Space Shuttle Enterprise passes by Ellis Island on its way to the Intrepid; Links to "Once in a Lifetime Events" flickr collection  The Statue of Liberty at sunset; Links to "Hustle and Bustle of a Busy Harbor" flickr collection
The story of Ellis Island is the story of people - millions of immigrants - who passed through its halls seeking new opportunities and freedoms. Join us as we tell the story of this place and these people through our photo collections. These images - some historic, some more recent - show us Ellis Island's history, even up to the present-day.
Click on an image to view the Flickr collection.
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Did You Know?

Angel Island aerial cropped2

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...