Island of Hope, Island of Tears

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.

Silhouette of immigrants overlaid with view of hospital buildings across ferry slip

Ellis Island Expedition Series

Five-part video series developed for students that explores the history and significance of Ellis Island.

main immigration building at ellis island during daytime

Phased Reopening of Ellis Island

Learn what is open, and what is not, before visiting Ellis Island.

A view of the Registry Room on Ellis Island from the balcony.

Plan Like a Park Ranger | Top Ten Tips

Learn how to best plan your visit to Ellis Island with tips from the rangers.

Tall cranes work on barges just off Ellis Island

Construction on Ellis Island

Learn about projects underway now that you will see and hear while you are visiting.

Last updated: September 10, 2021

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Ellis Island Receiving Center
Statue of Liberty National Monument

Jersey City , NJ 07305


212 363-3200

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