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Visiting Ellis Island

Visiting Ellis Island

The Ellis Island National Museum of Immigration is located in the Main Building of the former immigration station complex and tells the moving tales of the 12 million immigrants who entered America through the golden door of Ellis Island. Today, the descendants of those immigrants account for almost half of the American people.

Statue Cruises is the only company authorized by the National Park Service to provide ferry service to Ellis Island. Boats depart from Battery Park in New York and Liberty State Park in New Jersey.  

For ferry tickets and schedule information:

Call 1-877-LADY-TIX or Visit Statue Cruises

The Sites and Exhibits

   

An audio tour is included with each ferry ticket. It features more than 120 hours of contents and 2,000 audio stop segments and chronicles Ellis Island in three parts: The Ellis Experience; Journeys: The Peopling of America; and Journeys: New Eras of Immigration. Available at the Acoustiguide desk, the audio tour comes in 12 languages, an American Sign Language (ASL) version, and an Audio Descriptive (AD) version. A family-friendly tour is also offered.

The audio tour, included with each ferry ticket, can be picked up at the Acoustiguide desk on Ellis Island. 

“Bob Hope: An American Treasure,” currently on exhibit in the Third Floor Dormitory Galleries through September 3, focuses on the life and legacy of the world famous entertainer, Bob Hope. The exhibition traces his family’s arrival at Ellis Island, their life as an immigrant family, and his struggle to succeed as an entertainer in New York before finding success in Hollywood. It also tells the story of Bob’s relationships with U.S. Presidents and chronicles his deep love and passion for the military, both active and retired. Exhibit sponsored by the World Golf Hall of Fame & Museum.

For additional information to plan your visit, review the Museum Highlights page. Please see the National Park Service's Ellis Island website for details such as accessibility, visitor safety & security and operating hours.

    

 

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