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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.
Ellis Island Immigration Museum is located on Ellis Island in New York Harbor. Despite the icon, you can't drive here.
Ellis Island is open every day except December 25. Hours change seasonally.
Learn about the experiences of immigrants who came through Ellis Island and explore the history of immigration to the United States.
Ellis Island offers accessibility services, including borrowing wheelchairs on a first-come, first-served basis. Ask at our Information Desk.
The museum is largely an indoor activity, but a stroll outdoors reveals the Wall of Honor and the remnants of an historic fort..
To board the ferry, visitors must go through airport-style security. Once you arrive, there's plenty to discover.
Did You Know?
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.