Basic Information

It is typically colder and more windy in New York Harbor than in elsewhere in the New York City metropolitan area. Winters are cold and damp. Spring and Fall can range from chilly to warm. Summers are warm to hot and humid.

Entrance Fees:

No Entrance Fee - $0.00

There is no entrance fee. All visitors must purchase ferry tickets through Statue Cruises (1-877-LADYTIX (877-523-9849) or at Please note that the Hard Hat Tour requires advanced reservations also through Statue Cruises. Please visit our 'Plan Your Visit' page for additional information.

Ellis Island Information Desk

The Ellis Island Information Desk provides general information, including the schedule of ranger-guided tours, special program, and film times. A ranger or volunteer is available to answer questions and provide information about the Ellis Island Museum of Immigration and make recommendations for your visit. The park brochure, Passport To Your National Parks (R) cancellation stamp, and the ferry departure schedule are also located at the information desk.



Visiting the Ellis Island National Museum of Immigration and Statue of Liberty National Monument will take most of the day. The following information will help you plan your visit:

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Ellis Island National Museum of Immigration is located on Ellis Island in New York Harbor. Despite the icon, it is only accessible by private ferry.

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Operating Hours and Seasons

Ellis Island is open every day except December 25th. Hours change seasonally.

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Fees and Passes

There is no entrance fee. However, both islands are only accessible via ferry company Statue Cruises. We highly recommend that you book your tickets online in advance at: Statue Cruises.

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Exploring the Ellis Island Museum

Learn about the experiences of immigrants who came through Ellis Island, and explore the history of immigration in the United States.

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Ellis Island offers accessibility services, including borrowing wheelchairs on a first-come, first-served basis. Availability of wheelchairs can be inquired at the museum information desk upon your arrival.

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Things To Do

The museum is largely an indoor activity. However, The American Immigrant Wall of Honor® and the remnants of Fort Gibson are located outdoors behind the museum.


Safety & Security

To protect you and the park, visitors and their belongings are subject to a security screening before boarding the ferry.

Last updated: March 1, 2018

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

Ellis Island National Museum of Immigration
Statue of Liberty National Monument

New York, NY 10004


(212) 363-3200

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