Ellis island was the busiest immigration station in the world! Used between 1892 and 1954, over 12 million immigrants were processed on this island in busy New York Harbor. Many hours can be spent exploring the exhibits here, but even with just an hour, you can get a better understanding of what new arrivals would have experienced over 100 years ago.
Watching the film, ‘Island of Hope, Island of Tears.’
Going on a ranger-led tour.
The museum has three floors of exhibits documenting immigrants' experiences at Ellis Island, as well as the general history of immigration to the United States.