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 remain closed at this time. The museum's artifacts remain in off-site storage. More »
Things To Know Before You Come
Before you board the ferry
Visitors and their belongings are subject to inspection. The National Park Service appreciates your patience and understanding of these procedures and the additional time that may be required.
Visitors to Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty must pass through security screening (similar to airport security procedures).
CAN I BRING MY PET?
In most cases, no. Only documented working guide dogs accompanying a person with a disability are permitted. Non-working animals are not allowed onto the island or in the Museum.
If you have any questions, please contact the park prior to your visit.
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.