Ellis Island Museum of Immigration
The primary entry point for newcomers to the East Coast between 1892 and 1954, the 27.5-acre Ellis Island is today part of the Statue of Liberty National Monument. Among the spaces you can visit in the museum are the Baggage Room, the Great Hall Registry Room, and the Railroad Ticket Office.
During the highly recommended ranger-led tours (or self-guided audio tours), you’ll learn about how 12 million immigrants took literacy tests and underwent physical exams as part of being processed. There’s also a searchable database of more than 22 million passenger manifests, and theaters show documentaries such as the award-winning ≤i≥Island of Hope, Island of Tears.≤i/≥ Outside, be sure to walk around the American Immigrant Wall of Honor, engraved with the names of more than 500,000 individuals and families courtesy of donations to the Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation. Family names continue to be added.
Most people visit Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty on one trip. Indeed, Statue Cruises ferries stop at both national monuments, allowing you to hop off and back on before returning to the starting dock. Although cruises depart from Liberty State Park in New Jersey, most folks board at Castle Clinton National Monument, itself worthy of exploration, in Manhattan’s Battery Park.
- New York, New York
- 40.69947200, -74.03956000
- Daily 8:30 or 9--4:30 or 6:15, depending on season; last ferry departs the mainland at 3:30 or 5 and Ellis Island at 5:15 or 6:45.
- Visit Website
- (212) 363-3200