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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. 

“From Danish Blood to American Spirit” is on display in the Third Floor Changing Exhibit Gallery – 3 East from October 13 through January 6. This exhibition explores Danish immigration to the United States through World War I. The narrative is told through the point of view of actual immigrants, both ordinary citizens as well as famous ones. The exhibition examines the transformation of individuals from being subjects of the Danish king to being American citizens responsible only to themselves. The individual stories are organized by reasons for leaving Denmark, including religious, legal, political, and personal, among others.

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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