• 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 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 »

Accessibility

Park Superintendent David Luchsinger welcomes the first ferry of visitors to Liberty Island after the park reopened July 4, 2013, following Hurricane Sandy. NPS photo by Volunteer-in-Parks Steven Sinski.

Park Superintendent David Luchsinger welcomes the first ferry of visitors to Liberty Island after the park reopened July 4, 2013, following Hurricane Sandy.

NPS photo by Volunteer-in-Parks Steven Sinski.

The National Park Service welcomes all visitors

The first floor of the museum and the exterior grounds are wheelchair-accessible. Elevator access to the upper floors is not available at this time.

The National Park Service wants your visit to be memorable for all the right reasons. Visiting any museum or park can be taxing as well as exciting. Visitors are urged to place health and safety first, both for yourself and your companions. Bring any medication, food, water or equipment that you may need with you. Take the time to enjoy the park safely.

Ferries: Statue Cruises personnel provide assistance on the ferry gangways. Aboard the ferries, enclosed areas are available. Restrooms aboard ferries are not handicapped accessible.

Guide/Assistance Animals at Ellis and Liberty Islands: While regular pets are not allowed on either Ellis or Liberty Islands, or on the ferry boats, guide and assistance animals are welcome. See Accessibility Information for Liberty Island.

Borrowing a wheelchair: A very limited number of wheelchairs can be borrowed for no charge on both Ellis and Liberty Islands on a first-come, first-served basis. Borrowers must deposit a driver's license or similar form of I.D., at the Information Desk/Center, which will be given back when the wheelchair is returned.

Other accessibility services at Ellis Island:

  • Tactile models of the island are located near the Information Desk.
  • Large print brochures in English are available upon request.
  • Information in Braille about Ellis Island's history may be borrowed at the Information Desk.
  • Audio description tours created specifically for blind and visually-impaired visitors are available from our audio-tour concessioner.
  • Elevators are located on both the east and west sides of the main building.
  • The film "Island of Hope, Island of Tears" is closed-captioned.
  • An assisted-listening induction loop device may be borrowed at the Information Desk.

Emergency Medical Services: If you need assistance, contact any National Park Service employee. EMTs are available on both Ellis and Liberty Islands.

For more information and other requests: For information about programs, services, activities and requests regarding accommodations for persons with disabilities: please contact the park, in writing or by e-mail, at least twenty one (21) days in advance of your intended visit. Phone: 212 363-3200. Deaf and hard-of-hearing visitors can also utilize the services of NY/NJ relay at 711.

Did You Know?

Notable Ellis Island Immigrants

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.