• 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 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 »

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?

passenger manifest

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.