• 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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    Elevator maintenance will occur on October 22 and 23, 2014. As a result, there will be NO elevator service on Ellis Island.

Exploring the Ellis Island Museum

Ellis Island Immigration Museum, front of the Main Immigration Building.

Main Immigration Building, Ellis Island

Statue of Liberty NM, National Park Service

We invite you to explore the museum and see some of the features that you will see when you make a visit to Ellis Island.


Ground Floor

Touch the picture to see the exhibts located on the ground floor of the museum.


Second Floor

Touch the picture to see the exhibits available on the second floor of the museum.


Third Floor

Touch the picture to see the many exhibits that highlight the development of Ellis Island and its unique place in U.S. history.

Did You Know?

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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).