Island of Hope, Island of Tears

How far would you travel to find a better life? What if the journey took weeks under difficult conditions?  If you answered "Whatever it takes," you echo the feelings of the 12 million immigrants who passed through these now quiet halls from 1892 to 1954. Ellis Island afforded them the opportunity to attain the American dream for themselves and their descendants. Come hear their stories. Read More

Ellis Island from a distance, the main building is three stories high with towers on the corners.

Operating Hours and Seasons

Know before you go! Check park hours and closures to plan your visit to Ellis Island.

The photo is taken from the Great Hall of Ellis Island looking out a window to the Statue of Liberty

Things To Do

Learn about the Ellis Island National Museum of Immigration ranger guided tours, self-guided tours and more.

A close-up view of a Ellis Island cupola.

Frequently asked Questions

Get the facts on our FAQ page.

Life size historic photo of family in doorway of stabilized building gazing at the Statue of Liberty

Take a Hard Hat Tour of the South Side

Guided 90-minute tours (by advance reservation) will take visitors ages 13 and older to select areas of the Ellis Island Hospital.

A 3-D model of Ellis Island for visitors to feel the different elements of the island.

Accessibility On Ellis Island

Find out about all accessible options offered at Ellis Island!

 Gold paper brick with message to visitors at old elevator grating on Ellis Island.

Streets Paved With Gold

How did your family get to the United States? Share your story!

Immigrants line up outside of Ellis Island, photo circa 1910

Tracing Your Ancestors

Learn about how you can search for passenger arrival records for your immigrant ancestors.

Students dressed as immigrants 100 years ago in front of the Ellis Island sign.

Field Trips

There are many ways to engage students at the Ellis Island National Museum of Immigration.

Last updated: December 7, 2019

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

Ellis Island Receiving Center
Statue of Liberty National Monument

Jersey City, NJ 07305


(212) 363-3200

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