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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 tickets and tours to Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty. Please be aware that Street Vendors do not sell genuine Statue of Liberty tickets. Avoid Street Sellers. Statue Cruises 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


“Sisters in Liberty: From Florence, Italy to New York, New York,” will be on display in Ellis Island's Third Floor Changing Exhibit Gallery-3 East from October 18, 2019 through April 26, 2020. Two special “Sisters in Liberty” are the protagonists of this exhibition: the solemn "Statue of Liberty Enlightening the World" by Frédéric Bartholdi, which has welcomed those entering New York harbor since 1886, and the elegant "Liberty of Poetry" by Pio Fedi, inaugurated in 1883 as a monument to the Italian poet and patriot Giovanni Battista Niccolini at the Basilica of Santa Croce in Florence. While similar in stance and in detail, the connections between these statues are more than visual. The exhibition explores their symbolic and cultural similarities as well as the possibility that Bartholdi was inspired by Fedi’s “Liberty.” Presented by Opera Di Santa Croce, Florence, Italy, the exhibit features a three-dimensional resin reproduction of Fedi’s “Liberty in Poetry,” which is almost ten feet tall and weighs more than 500 pounds, and a “Listening Wall” that will encourage visitors to ponder the trajectory of humanity’s aspiration for liberty.

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. 

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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