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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


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.

“What We Carried: Fragments and Memories from Iraq and Syria” will be on exhibit in the third floor dormitory galleries through September 2. In recent years, millions of Iraqi and Syrian families were driven from their homes due to war, conflict, and destruction. The images in this exhibition are of the personal objects carried by these fortunate immigrants and refugees who have made a new home for themselves here. Photographer Jim Lommasson traveled the United States documenting these objects. Their owners wrote directly on the images to explain why they chose these items, above all others, to remind them of the lives they left behind. The combination of carried objects and intensely personal stories illustrates the common threads that bind all of humanity: the love shared for family, friends, and the places people call home. This exhibit was organized by the Arab American National Museum in Dearborn, Michigan.

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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