• Immigrants awaiting inspection in front of Ellis Island's Main Building

    Ellis Island

    Part of Statue of Liberty National Monument NJ,NY

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.
NPS Photo
 
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?

U.S. Customs and Border Protection

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.