• 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, including most of the exhibits and both elevators, remain closed at this time. More »

Indoor Activities

Passenger manifest

Steamship manifest (passenger list)

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FREE Ranger-guided tours: Join a National Park Service park ranger on a walking tour through Ellis Island's historic halls. Walk in the footsteps of millions of immigrants as you learn about their journey to a new life in America.

Self-guided tours: Walk through 3 floors of exhibits that describe Ellis Island's pre- and post-immigration history, as well as the immigration experience, both before and during Ellis Island's operation as America's premier immigration station. You can find brochures with floor plans at the Information Desk in the Baggage Room on the first floor.

FREE film: "Island of Hope, Island of Tears" is an award-winning documentary shown in two theaters. Each 45-minute presentation includes a 15-minute park ranger introductory talk followed by the 30-minute film. Each theater seats 140 people. Check with the rangers at the Ellis Island Information Desk for ticket information. Note: Once the program has begun, latecomers cannot be seated, but don't worry, you can catch the next show.

Searching Ship Manifests at Ellis Island: In April 2001, the Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island Foundation opened the "American Family Immigration History Center" at Ellis Island which contains the repository for over 22 million passenger records (manifests) for those arriving into the Port of New York between 1892 and 1924. You can search the database while at Ellis Island or search on-line at the Foundation's website.

Audio Tours: guide visitors through the Ellis Island Immigration Museum: Audio tours are available in Arabic, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin, Russian, and Spanish.

Children's Audio Tours: We now have children's audio tours - specially designed for children ages 6-10, with animal character narrators. The children's audio tours are available in English, French, German, Italian, and Spanish.

The audio tours, which complement the National Park Service (NPS) Ranger-led tours on the islands, provide a major enhancement to the visitor experience on both islands. Visitors can pick up the audio tours after disembarking the ferry at each island.

The price of audio tours is included in the price of your ferry ticket.

Did You Know?

Great Hall circa 1900

In its time, Ellis Island was the busiest federal immigration station in America. In 1907, Ellis Island processed 1,004,756 immigrants, a record number for the Immigration stations. April 17, 1907 was the Island's busiest day, when 11,747 immigrants were processed. Today, the US Customs and Border Protection processes over 700,000 visitors daily through 326 official Ports of Entry. More...