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 »
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:
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?
Since the passage of the "Steerage Act of 1819", passenger manifests have been required for all arriving vessels to be delivered to the U.S. Government and reported to Congress. This document, used for inspection at Ellis Island, has become an important starting point in researching family history.