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?
Many government agencies have administered the Ellis Island immigration depot. The Bureau of Immigration, later called the Immigration & Naturalization Service (INS), inspected immigrants. The agency was restructured in 2003 under the new Department of Homeland Security and is now 3 entities : U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Immigration and Customs Enforcement and Citizenship and Immigration Services.