The park brochure audio-described text for Ellis Island is available as a word document. There is a braille park brochure available to use at the Ellis Island Information Desk. The museum features a 30-minute film located in Theaters 1 & 2 in the Main Building of Ellis Island to teach visitors about the history of Ellis Island and immigration in the United States. Theater 1 is equipped to provide visitors with an audio descriptive soundtrack for the video presentation. This can be accessed by obtaining a headset from the Information Desk, 1st Floor. While visiting Ellis Island, emergency warnings and fire alarms are equipped with strobe (flashing) lights.
There are tactile models of the buildings comprising Ellis Island's Immigration complex located behind the Information Desk within the Main Building. Visitors are encouraged to come see and touch the details of Ellis Island.
All ranger programs strive to engage multiple senses and learning styles, often including audio components and/or tactile objects. Tours are offered year-round, and start on the first floor of the Main Immigration Building; close to the Information Desk. Tours may go outside, and usually include the Registry Room on the second floor. Visitors will have access to stairs, ramps, and elevators.
The audio tour program can be used as a guided tour around the museum and as a narrative to artifacts located within the exhibits. It includes historical accounts of immigrants arriving and being processed through Ellis Island's Immigration complex. Audio descriptive tours created specifically for the blind and visually-impaired are available from the kiosk located on the first floor of the Main Building. Self-guided audio tours are included in the price of the boat tickets.
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Last updated: January 24, 2020