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

    Ellis Island

    Part of Statue of Liberty National Monument NJ,NY

Plan Your Visit

Visitor Alert:
Ellis Island is pleased to have reopened on a limited basis. However, due to the nature of the destruction caused by Hurricane Sandy, a few parts of the historic Main Building and museum remain closed. Please note the following:


  • Baggage Room (Historic Area on the 1st Floor)
  • Registry Room/Great Hall (Historic Area on the 2nd Floor)
  • Balcony and Dormitory Room (Historic Areas on the 3rd Floor)
  • Peopling of America (Exhibit on the 1st Floor)
  • Peak Immigration Years (Exhibit on the 2nd Floor)
  • Most of Through America's Gate (Exhibit on the 2nd Floor)
  • Ellis Island Chronicles (Exhibit on the 3rd Floor)
  • Silent Voices (Exhibit on the 3rd Floor)
  • Restoring a Landmark (Exhibit on the 3rd Floor)
  • Theaters 1 and 2 (hourly presentations of the Island of Hope, Island of Tears documentary; 1st and 2nd Floors)
  • The American Family Immigration History Center (search ship manifests via ellisisland.org; 1st Floor)
  • Audio Tour (limited audio tour; pick up and drop off on the 1st Floor)
  • Gift Shop (1st Floor)
  • The American Immigrant Wall of Honor on the outside grounds


  • One elevator
  • Limited food service available on outdoor patio
  • Although some exhibit areas are open, the artifacts normally on display remain in storage and are not viewable
  • No access to the Treasures from Home Exhibit on the 3rd Floor
  • No access to one room of Through America's Gate on the 2nd Floor; most of the exhibit is open.
  • Education programs Shore to Shore and GameZone, as well as Ellis Island 101 and 'Island of Hope, Island of Tears' Documentary Film reserved programs for school groups are not available due to space and staffing limitations.
  • For school groups who are still able to visit, we are offering some limited self-guided and interactive activities. Please inquire at the Information Desk or with a park ranger for availability and options on the day you are visiting.

For more information, please read this press release.

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Ellis Island's Great Hall once had lines of immigrants speaking several different languages as they awaited processing. In 1986 it was carefully restored to look as it did a century ago.

Ellis Island's Great Hall once had lines of immigrants speaking several different languages as they awaited processing. In 1986 it was carefully restored to look as it did a century ago.


Over 12 million immigrants entered the United States through Ellis Island, the nation's chief gateway during the years 1892 to 1924. Today, over 100 million Americans can trace their ancestry to the immigrants who crossed this island before dispersing to points all over the country.

Following restoration in the 1980s, this building reopened as the Ellis Island Immigration Museum, a symbol of this nation's immigrant heritage. The museum exhibits chronicle Ellis Island's role in immigration history, and view it in the context of its time and the still broader context of four centuries of immigration to America.

The exhibits also portray and give voice to the immigrants themselves. Each of their stories is unique, and bears witness to the courage and determination that enables men and women to leave their homes and seek new opportunities in an unknown land.

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Ellis Island Immigration Museum is located on Ellis Island in New York Harbor. Despite the icon, you can't drive here.

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Operating Hours and Seasons

Ellis Island is open every day except December 25. Hours change seasonally.

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Fees and Reservations

There is no entrance fee. However, this national park is located on two islands which are accessible by ferry only via Statue Cruises. Buy your tickets in advance.


Exploring the Ellis Island Museum

Learn about the experiences of immigrants who came through Ellis Island and explore the history of immigration to the United States.

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Ellis Island offers accessibility services, including borrowing wheelchairs on a first-come, first-served basis. Ask at our Information Desk.

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Things To Do

The museum is largely an indoor activity, but a stroll outdoors reveals the Wall of Honor and the remnants of an historic fort..

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Things To Know Before You Come

To board the ferry, visitors must go through airport-style security. Once you arrive, there's plenty to discover.


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.