The 2013 Public Access Season has concluded
The 2013 public access season on Governors Island has ended. Governors Island will re-open to the public Memorial Day Weekend, 2014.
R train service change
Due to the ongoing effects of Hurricane Sandy, MTA has suspended R train service to Lower Manhattan on weekends until October 2014. Please use the 4/5 at Bowling Green or the 1 at South Ferry to connect to the Governors Island Ferry.
A Silent Sentinel in New York Harbor
From 1794 to 1966, the U.S. Army on Governors Island was part of the social, political, and economic tapestry of New York City. Today the island is vibrant summer seasonal venue of art, culture and performance against the backdrop of two centuries of military heritage and the skyline of one of the great cities of the world.Read More
Civil War Weekend 2013
Join the National Park Service and volunteer living historians for weekend recreating the summer of 1863 on Governors Island!Read More
Join the conversation with us online
Visit our Facebook page, flickr page, and Twitter feed and keep up with what we’re up to—and let us know what you’d like to see on the Island!Read More
Commemorate the 150th Anniversary of the Civil War
Learn more about the conflict that raged across America one and a half centuries ago, and how Governors Island played a role.Read More
Our Traveling Trunk makes history tangible!
Packed with lesson plans, primary source materials, artifacts, movies, and more, the Trunk is an easy way to bring history to your classroom.Read More
Stories from Governors Island
Learn more about the stories of men and women who called Governors Island home while it was an active military base.Read More
Conserving the Trophèe ďArmes at Fort Jay
We’re working hard to conserve one of the oldest pieces of brownstone sculpture in America. Learn more here.Read More
Remembering the War of 1812: 200 Years Later
Discover the history of Governors Island’s critical role in the defense of New York City 200 years after America’s second war for independence.Read More
Take a field trip to Governors Island!
From soldiers and prisoners to laundresses and spies, students will meet characters that helped make history during the Civil War on Governors Island!Read More
Did You Know?
The first, last, and only shots fired in anger from Governors Island were directed at British naval ships as they invaded New York Harbor in the summer of 1776.