• 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 »

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Visiting Ellis Island

Update as of March 20, 2013: Due to damage sustained during Hurricane Sandy, Ellis Island is closed indefinitely. The Statue of Liberty will re-open on July 4, 2013.


National Parks of New York Harbor include 10 national parks with 22 natural, historic, and recreational sites. These national parks, preserve, special places tell the story of American and its greatest city, from the nation's early defenses to its first steps as a new democracy, from the waves of immigrants to the rise of a commercial powerhouse unrivaled in the world. They include powerful international icons and places of extraordinary beauty where you can experience our history and natural heritage on the land and on the water.


Statue of Liberty National Monument currently closed, scheduled to reopen on July 4, 2013


Castle Clinton National Monument is closed until further notice after Hurricane Sandy.


Gateway National Recreation Area: Parts of the park are still recovering and slowly re-opening from damage caused during Hurricane Sandy.

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Did You Know?

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On July 30, 1916, a major explosion at the railway terminals on the Black Tom Wharf in Jersey City did considerable damage to the Ellis Island buildings. The walls, ceilings, roofs and foundations of the hospital buildings were weakened, and many windows, casings and doors were blown out. The repairs to the facilities took about a year at a cost of nearly $400,000.00(about $8,333,333.33 in 2012).