Statue of Liberty National Monument and Ellis Island Phase 1 Reopening Details

Liberty Island will partially reopened on July 20, aligning the City of New York’s move into Phase Four of New York State’s reopening plan.

Daily park hours of operation are 8:30 AM to 6:30 PM.

What's Open?

  • The grounds of Liberty Island (Liberty Information Center & Museum closed)
  • Audio tours (included in price of ticket)
  • Limited food and gift shop services
  • Public restrooms

What's Not Open?

  • Ellis Island and the National Museum of Immigration
  • The Statue of Liberty interior including pedestal and crown access
  • The Statue of Liberty Museum
  • Liberty Island Information Center (open for emergency medical services)
  • No indoor dining

The Statue of Liberty interior (the pedestal and crown) remains closed and will be part of a later reopening phase.

What's Different?

The health and safety of our visitors and our employees is our highest priority so we have modified our operations to help stop the spread of COVID-19.

Various elements of the park experience are modified:

  • Significantly reduced visitor capacity on ferries to the islands
  • Ranger tours unavailable
  • Social distancing floor markers and signs posted
  • No indoor dining
  • Rigorous and frequent disinfecting and sanitizing of public spaces and surfaces
  • Hand sanitizing stations located in food service and visitor information areas
  • Controlled, one-directional access and queuing lines for security screening, ferry, museums, food and gift shop services

The NPS operational approach is centered on examining each facility function and service provided to ensure those operations comply with current public health guidance and will be regularly monitored. Working closely with the NPS Office of Public Health, the park is using CDC guidance to ensure public areas and workspaces are safe and clean for visitors, employees, partners, and volunteers.

We strongly encourage visitors to make advanced ticketing reservations at to avoid ticketing queues in Battery Park, NY or Liberty State Park, NJ. Statue Cruises is the only authorized ferry transportation concessioner for the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island.

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Last updated: August 13, 2020

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Liberty Island
New York, NY 10004


(212) 363-3200

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