• 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'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.

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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.

 

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:

Limitations:

  • One elevator
  • Limited food service available
  • Although most 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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Directions

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.

 
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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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Accessibility

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.

 

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