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 »
Things To Do
As you plan your visit, keep in mind that:
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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. Elevator access to the Great Hall on the second floor is not yet available, but should be restored by early next year. 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?
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...