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

    Ellis Island

    Part of Statue of Liberty National Monument NJ,NY

Guided Tours

Immigration Inspectors at Port of Entry

Immigration Officers at Port of Entry (circa 1924)

U.S. Customs and Border Protection

FREE Ranger-Guided Tours: A National Park Service Ranger and dedicated Volunteers-in-Park (NPS VIPs) lead walking tours of the museum. The tours are approximately 45 minutes.

Tours chronicle island history and explain what many immigrants experienced at the facility during its busiest years of operation. Tours depart from near the information desk on the top of the hour. The numbers of tours offered vary based upon daily staffing levels. TICKETS ARE NOT REQUIRED for walking tours.

 
Nurses and doctors seem to appear from behind a tile wall as part of the JR exhibition in the Ellis Island Hospital complex.

The image of an operation seems to be just behind a tile wall in the Hospital Complex on Ellis Island. Part of a special exhibition by the artist JR it can be seen as part of the hard-hat tour offered by Save Ellis Island, Inc., a partner of Statue of Liberty National Monument and Ellis Island.

National Park Service

SPECIAL - Hard Hat Tours of the Hospital Complex: Guided 90-minute tours will take you to select areas of the 750-bed Ellis Island Hospital Complex.

Visit the Laundry Building, with much of its original equipment still in place, where more than 3,000 pieces of laundry were washed and sanitized daily, infectious and contagious disease wards, kitchen, staff housing, autopsy room and more. As part of the tour opening, an art exhibit, "Unframed –Ellis Island," by renowned artist JR will be on display throughout the hospital complex. The exhibit features life size historic photographs of Ellis Island immigrants installed on 22 interior walls. JR is known throughout the world for his "Pervasive Art" exhibitions which are designed to raise questions.

Tickets are $25 per person and are available on the Statue Cruises website, or by calling 1-877-LADYTIX (1-877-523-9849). This hard hat tour is for ages 13 and older.

This program was developed and is administered by Save Ellis Island, Inc., a partner of Statue of Liberty National Monument and Ellis Island. All proceeds from the tour will go to the restoration and preservation of the unrestored historic south side buildings.

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Immigrant inspection
Immigrant Inspection at Ellis Island
NPS Photo

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.