Plan Your Visit
Visiting Liberty Island is one of the most rewarding experiences of any trip to New York City. However, visitors who wish to enter the museum, pedestal or crown must secure an advanced reservation. For over a decade, the National Park Service has implemented a reservation policy. The reservation system is much different than how past generations accessed the Statue of Liberty.
DISCOVER THE TYPES OF TICKETS
The National Park Service recommends making advanced ticket reservations. Advanced reservations allow visitors to secure their desired level of access and also eliminates the need to wait in lines to purchase tickets. Crown tickets are available by advanced reservation only.
Statue Cruises is the official source for ferry tickets to Liberty Island. You may buy tickets online, by phone or in person.
FOR YOUR SAFETY & SECURITY
All visitors must pass through airport style security before boarding any ferry. For questions about the security screening process, please refer to our Safety and Security page.
How far would you travel to find a better life? What if the journey took weeks under difficult conditions? If you answered "Whatever it takes," you echo the feelings of the 12 million immigrants who passed through these now quiet halls from 1892 to 1954. Ellis Island afforded them the opportunity to attain the American dream for themselves and their descendants. Come hear their stories.
The Ellis Island Immigration Museum is now open to the public. Guided tours and audio tours tell the story of 12 million immigrants, All tickets purchased include access to Ellis Island. To visit both islands in one day, the National Park Service recommends an early ferry departure.
Did You Know?
Several agencies have been caretakers for the Statue. The U.S. Lighthouse Board cared for the statue as the first electric lighthouse or "navigational aid" 1886 - 1902, followed by the War Department 1902 - 1933 and since 1933 she has been cared for by employees of the National Park Service.