Visit the Museum

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.

Highlights include:

  • 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.


Some visitors spend only 30 minutes on Ellis Island while others the whole day.  How long you visit is up to you, but the average person will spend between 1-3 hours at the museum.

Minors must be with a parent or guardian.

Entrance fees may apply, see Fees & Passes information.

Ellis Island is only accessible by ferry.

The museum on Ellis Island is open every day except for December 25th.

The information desk is open daily. Hours depend on the time of year and boat schedule.

Last updated: January 18, 2017