Things To Do
Note to our visitors:
Ellis Island National Museum of Immigration is still recovering from the effects of Hurricane Sandy. Approximately 2,000 artifacts that were removed after Hurricane Sandy have returned to the site. They are currently being placed in the exhibits; expect that some exhibits will be under construction during your visit.
Park rangers or volunteers can provide information about New York Harbor immigration history. Information about tracing your family history is available. Schedules for ranger-guided tours, the film, and ferries are posted for viewing. A Passport to Your National Parks® cancellation stamp is also available.
Learn more about the restoration and maintenance of the historic Ellis Island immigrant hospital at the adjacent Save Ellis Island information desk.
Visit the Museum
The First Floor contains the Baggage Room, Journeys: The Peopling of America 1550-1890, Journeys: New Eras of Immigration 1945- Present, and the American Family Immigration History Center. In addition, audio guides, the information desk, gift shop, theater, bookstore, and the Ellis Island Café are available. Behind the museum, visitors have access to both the Wall of Honor and to Fort Gibson.
The Second Floor has the Registry Room (Great Hall), the Hearing Room, Theater 2, and two exhibit galleries: Through America's Gate and Peak Immigration Years: 1880-1924.
The Third Floor contains the Bob Hope Memorial Library, Dormitory Room, and the exhibits: Ellis Island Chronicles, Treasures From Home, Silent Voices, and Restoring a Landmark.
Visit Special Exhibits to learn what is happening in our Temporary Exhibit Galleries.
Liberty Enlightening the World"Liberty Enlightening the World" was a gift of friendship from the people of France to the United States, and is recognized as a universal symbol of freedom and democracy. The Statue of Liberty was dedicated on October 28, 1886. It was designated as a National Monument in 1924. Employees of the National Park Service have been caring for the colossal copper statue since 1933.
All tickets holders have access to the outside exterior of Liberty Island. However, interior access to the statue pedestal and crown requires a reservation. For current information, check the Statue of Liberty website. To visit both islands in one day, the National Park Service recommends an early ferry departure.