Plan Your Visit

A view of the Great Hall on Ellis Island from the balcony
Ellis Island's Great Hall once had lines of immigrants speaking several different languages as they awaited processing. In 1986, it was carefully restored to look as it did a century ago.

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More than 12 million immigrants entered the United States through Ellis Island, the nation's chief gateway during the years 1892 to 1924. Today, over 100 million Americans can trace their ancestry to the immigrants who crossed this island before dispersing to points all over the country.

Following restoration in the 1980s, this building reopened as the Ellis Island Immigration Museum, a symbol of this nation's immigrant heritage. The museum exhibits chronicle Ellis Island's role in immigration history, and view it in the context of its time and the still broader context of four centuries of immigration to America. Today, its official name is the Ellis Island National Museum of Immigration.

The exhibits also portray and give voice to the immigrants themselves. Each of their stories are unique, and bears witness to the courage and determination that enables men and women to leave their homes and seek new opportunities in an unknown land.

There are a number of options available to help you get the most out of your visit. Please inquire at the information desk, or with a park ranger, for availability and options on the day of your visit.

The main building on Ellis Island seen behind trees from the lawn
Basic Information

There are a number of options available to help you get the most out of your visit.

A class of school kids dressed as if they were immigrating through Ellis Island 100 years ago
Field Trips

Find out more about bringing your students to Ellis Island.

A Statue City Cruise ferry makes its way across the harbor, the Brooklyn Bridge is in the backround
Purchasing Tickets

Statue City Cruises is our ONLY official source for tickets to the island. Visit their website to book your tickets today!

From the grounds of Liberty Island, the back-lit Statue is seen behind trees.
The Statue of Liberty

Ferry tickets to Ellis Island also include access to the grounds of Liberty Island. Check here to learn more about Lady Liberty.

Last updated: September 21, 2023

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1 Ellis Island

Jersey City, NJ 07305


212 363-3200

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