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

    Ellis Island

    Part of Statue of Liberty National Monument NJ,NY

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  • 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

Security Screening Area

Before boarding a ferry to either Liberty or Ellis Islands, all visitors must pass through airport-style screening.


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).

  • Screening moves much faster than in the past. However, it is wise to leave extra time for the screening process just in case.
  • In case of an emergency please contact a U.S. Park Police Officer or a National Park Service Ranger.


  • All weapons, including firearms, knives (even tiny Swiss Army Knives), mace, "dual-use" items, tools, and any item that is or could be construed as a weapon are strictly prohibited in the park and on the ferries.
  • No locker storage facilities are available at the ferry terminals.
  • Do not carry any of these type items into the security screening area. They will be confiscated and not be returned. If you are unsure about an item, please do not bring it.
  • LARGE packages, suitcases, carry-on luggage and other large parcels will not be permitted on the ferries to Ellis or Liberty Islands.


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?


Most Americans remember Bob Hope for his work in the entertainment business as a comedian, actor, dancer and singer, as well as his work with the American troops abroad. Few people know that Bob Hope was an immigrant from England who came here with his family and passed inspection at Ellis Island on March 30, 1908, at the age of 5. (center of photo) More...