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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.

Photographs by Alberto Marti documenting the Galician (Spain) exodus to America between 1957 and 1963 are currently on display in the 3rd Floor Changing Exhibit Gallery at the Ellis Island museum. “Farewells” features 51 photos of the Galician emigrants who left from the ports of A Coruña and Vigo. These emigrants accounted for 45% of all Spaniards who left for North and South America. The exhibit runs through May 5 and is sponsored by the Council for Galician Culture (Government of Galicia, Spain). 

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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