• Immigrants awaiting inspection in front of Ellis Island's Main Building

    Ellis Island

    Part of Statue of Liberty National Monument NJ,NY

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?

U.S. Customs and Border Protection

Many government agencies have administered the Ellis Island immigration depot. The Bureau of Immigration, later called the Immigration & Naturalization Service (INS), inspected immigrants. The agency was restructured in 2003 under the new Department of Homeland Security and is now 3 entities : U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Immigration and Customs Enforcement and Citizenship and Immigration Services.