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
Island of Hope, Island of Tears
The America I Am Short Film Competition
Students, what makes your American experience special? Create a short film about your story, and win up to $10,000! Ages 12-18.
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Take a tour, and maximize your experience while visiting both islands.
Virtually Tour Ellis Island's South Side
Take the interactive virtual tour of the South Side of the island and see high resolution spherical images and historical data. Explore now!
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.