Things To Do
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.
Highlights activities and experiences that are available while on the island.
Traveling with a younger group? Here are some activities that may peak their interest.
Explore the different types of tours that are offered by Rangers or volunteers.
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?
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).