• 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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  • Elevator Notice

    Elevator maintenance will occur on October 22 and 23, 2014. As a result, there will be NO elevator service on Ellis Island.

Things To Do

Park ranger giving a tour to a group of people in Ellis Island's Great Hall.
Visitors on a tour with a park ranger in the Great Hall learning about immigration through Ellis Island a century ago.
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A note to our visitors:

Due to damage from Hurricane Sandy, Ellis Island Immigration Museum will remain a work in progress at least through the spring. Because of the storm, most of the museum collection is currently stored in a climate-controlled facility in Maryland. A temporary ventilation system will be replaced by permanent equipment later this year. Please take these conditions into consideration when planning your trip to Ellis Island.


Indoor Activites

Highlights activities and experiences that are available while on the island.


For Kids

Traveling with a younger group? Here are some activities that may peak their interest.


Guided Tours

Explore the different types of tours that are offered by Rangers or volunteers.


Time Suggestions

Short on time or have all day? Here are some suggestions on what to see, so you can get the full Ellis Island experience.


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).