• 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 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 and both elevators, remain closed at this time. More »

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?

Ellis Island's Distinctive Facade and Towers

Although Ellis Island is federal property and has always been historically considered in New York, the U.S. Supreme Court appointed a "Special Master" to mediate. The ruling in 1998 determined that the original island belongs to New York and the rest of the island, added after 1834, belongs to New Jersey.