Ellis Island was the point of entry for over 12 million third class and steerage passengers arriving by steamship to New York City between 1892 and 1954. Immigrants processed at Ellis Island underwent legal and medical examinations before being cleared for entry to the United States.
Today, the halls of Ellis Island have been transformed into a museum dedicated to sharing the experience and stories of these 12 million immigrants to New York City. Through a variety of interactive displays, tours and displays, visitors to the Ellis Island Immigration Museum can learn about New York City's rich immigrant past.
The Ellis Island Immigration Museum is located on Ellis Island in the New York Harbor. To get to Ellis Island, you'll need to take a ferry from Battery Park City or New Jersey. We've put together ferry directions and details about the Ellis Island Immigration Museum, as well as some interesting facts about Ellis Island to help you plan your visit.
Are you looking for a tour of Ellis Island? Here are several options:
Make the most of your trip with these tips for visiting Ellis Island.
Prepare for your visit to Ellis Island or relive it by checking out these Ellis Island Photos.