Deafness or Hearing Loss
Programs and ToursAmerican Sign Language Tours may be arranged prior to your visit. If you wish to arrange for an ASL Tour, notification in writing is required at least two (2) weeks prior to your visit. Please contact us by sending an e-mail or a letter. All ranger programs strive to engage multiple senses and learning styles. They often include audio components and/or tactile objects. Ranger-led 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.
Audio TourPrinted versions of the self-guided audio tour are available at the Information Center. The audio tour program is available in a variety of languages. It includes historical accounts on the processing of immigrants on Ellis Island when it was used as an immigration station. The audio tour program can be used as a self-guided tour around Ellis Island, and as a narrative to artifacts located within the museum.
Ellis Island Cafe, Eastern National Bookstore
The Ellis Island Cafe, Eastern National Bookstore and Gift Shop are located on the first floor of the Main Building. Printed information is available at each facility.Click here for more information on the food services. Emergency warnings and fire alarms are equipped with strobe (flashing) lights.
Last updated: March 1, 2018