Ellis Island - Ellis Island information and pictures

Ellis Island was the main point of entry to America for immigrants. For 62 years - from 1892 to 1954 - more than 12 million people arrived in America through Ellis Island to seek a better life.

Today Ellis Island Immigration Museum is one of New York’s top attractions along with the Empire State Building and the Statue of Liberty. The Immigration Museum is part of the Statue of Liberty National Monument and is one of the country's top historic sites. 40% of Americans have a relative who passed through the immigration center here.

A self guided tour through the Museum show the Immigrant Wall of Honor where more than 700,000 names of men and women are listed and passenger logs from the hundreds of ships that arrived at this time. The Wall of Honor is the longest wall of names in the world.

Ellis Island Living Theater presents 30 minute plays based upon oral histories of Ellis Island immigrants. The oral histories are now stored in the museum's Oral History Archives.

Where is Ellis Island: In New York Harbor

How to get to Ellis Island: Take a 10 minute ride with ferry from Liberty Island or Battery Park in New York. Subway 4,5 to Bowling Green or 1 to South ferry.

Visit the Ellis Island official web site here.
Ellis Island Immigration Museum New York
Ellis Island Immigration Museum, New York
Ellis Island Immigration Museum New York

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Kathy says:
My grandmother came to America through Ellis Island. She got on a ship from England and came to America in 1919. I can't believe she experienced this long journey to the New World! I am always so moved by what she did.