• 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 »

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.

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.