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
Things To Do
Learn about the Ellis Island National Museum of Immigration ranger guided tours, self-guided tours and more.
Operating Hours & Seasons
The hours change throughout the year, check here before your visit.
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.
Accessibility On Ellis Island
Find out about all accessible options offered at Ellis Island!
Streets Paved With Gold
How did your family get to the United States? Share your story!
Tracing Your Ancestors
Learn about how you can search for passenger arrival records for your immigrant ancestors.
There are many ways to engage students at the Ellis Island National Museum of Immigration.
Last updated: October 25, 2018