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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


The 45-minute audio tour, available in nine languages, invites visitors to relive the immigrant experience as if they were the "new arrival" and is ideal for individuals with limited time. Additional tour options describe exhibits in more detail via in-depth interviews with historians, architects and archaeologists. A special children's audio tour (ages 6-10) is also available in five languages.

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

“New Americans: Photographs by Jill Enfield,” an exhibition of wet collodion photographic prints of contemporary immigrants, will be on display in the 3rd Floor Dorm Galleries at Ellis Island May 27 through September 4. A daughter of German immigrants, Miami native and long-time New Yorker, Enfield began to use the wet collodion process (an early photographic technique popular during the Civil War) fifteen years ago to make portraits of New Americans she meets through work, friendship, or chance. Her collection of 30 portraits of individuals, who arrived in the U.S. during the 1960s or after, reflect a tribute to the new immigrants, not only for their bravery and enduring inner strength, but also for the significant contributions they have made toward the enrichment of the American culture in areas of cuisine, fashion, art, literature, and more. Along with 30 of Enfield’s favorite images, the exhibition includes short videos of Enfield at work, cases that exhibit her camera, her portable darkroom, ambrotypes (glass plates), and a detailed explanation of her photographic process. There is also a small glass house of immigrant portraits made from antique windows that Ellis Island visitors can enter.

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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