The beautifully-restored main building is worthy of a few hours of exploration (the Registry Room with a soaring Guastavino-tiled ceiling is a must-see), but if you have time, take a hard hat tour of the lesser-known hospital complex located on the island’s south side. Closed in 1954, the buildings sat abandoned for 60 years before opening again for tours in their unrestored, crumbling state. The buildings themselves are enough of a draw, but they also serve as the perfect backdrop for an arresting art installation by French artist JR, featuring large-scale photographs from the island’s fascinating history.
“Gateway to a nation of dreams”
Step into the past and trace the footsteps of millions of immigrants at Ellis Island, the iconic gateway to America. Explore the historic immigration museum and discover the stories of courage, hope, and determination of those who passed through its doors. Marvel at the stunning architecture and breathtaking views of the New York City skyline. Walk in the footsteps of your ancestors, and gain a deeper understanding of the immigrant experience that shaped the United States into the melting pot of cultures it is today.
This museum has a couple interesting things, but it is 90% reading and pictures on the wall. The building itself was neat to see, however it wasn't any kind of "experience" It was like reading a textbook and looking at the pictures...for 3 whole floors. Many of the pictures or text is repeated too. It would have been better if they made it into two floors and have some actual room set-ups of how it was at the time. We saw one bunk bed area, which was cool and that was about it.
I recommend visiting the NY Tenement Museum instead.
A worker mentioned many of the Ellis Island museum items were damaged in Hurricane Sandy, so perhaps that is what happened. But I have to admit I was hoping for a better experience.
I always enjoy coming here, it never gets old!
Awesome place to visit but fair warning, the signs to for the entrance, parking, which way to walk to the boats and pretty much any other vital info you need aren’t very good. Leave yourself time to figure it all out.
So amazing. Lots of history here. Give yourself hours to explore and see what they went through.
Be the first to add a review to the Ellis Island.
- Sun - Sat: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Problem with this listing? Let us know.
Good for picnicking.
Credit Cards Accepted
- National park