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 »
Dining and Gifts
Dining: The Ellis Island Café provides a varied menu of high quality food, with an emphasis on organic ingredients and many heart-healthy options.
Ellis Island Gift Shop & Museum Store: This shop, located across from the Ellis Island Café features all kinds of items from pencils and magnets to jewelry inspired by the various cultures. Evelyn Hill, Inc. operates the food and gift concession at Ellis Island. To learn more, visit www.thestatueofliberty.com for information about their operation or call (212) 344-0996. For inquiries about hosting an event, please telephone (212)363-3180.
National Parks of New York Harbor Conservancy Ellis Island Museum Store: This new museum store located next to the main entrance features an array of books and museum collection-informed items. The museum store is a joint venture between the National Parks of New York Harbor Conservancy and Eastern National.
Did You Know?
On July 30, 1916, a major explosion at the railway terminals on the Black Tom Wharf in Jersey City did considerable damage to the Ellis Island buildings. The walls, ceilings, roofs and foundations of the hospital buildings were weakened, and many windows, casings and doors were blown out. The repairs to the facilities took about a year at a cost of nearly $400,000.00(about $8,333,333.33 in 2012).