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. Read More

In the Great Hall of Ellis Island, looking through one of the windows towards the Statue of Liberty.

Things To Do

Learn about the Ellis Island National Museum of Immigration ranger guided tours, self-guided tours and more.

A close-up view of a Ellis Island cupola.

Operating Hours & Seasons

The hours change throughout the year, check here before your visit.

Life size historic photo of family in doorway of stabilized building gazing at the Statue of Liberty

Take a Hard Hat Tour of the South Side

Guided 90-minute tours (by advance reservation) will take visitors ages 13 and older to select areas of the Ellis Island Hospital.

A 3-D model of Ellis Island for visitors to feel the different elements of the island.

Accessibility On Ellis Island

Find out about all accessible options offered at Ellis Island!

 Gold paper brick with message to visitors at old elevator grating on Ellis Island.

Streets Paved With Gold

How did your family get to the United States? Share your story!

Immigrants line up outside of Ellis Island, photo circa 1910

Tracing Your Ancestors

Learn about how you can search for passenger arrival records for your immigrant ancestors.

Students dressed as immigrants 100 years ago in front of the Ellis Island sign.

Field Trips

There are many ways to engage students at the Ellis Island National Museum of Immigration.

Last updated: October 25, 2018

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

Ellis Island Receiving Center
Statue of Liberty National Monument

Jersey City, NJ 07305


(212) 363-3200

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