Ellis Island Immigration Museum


Ellis Island is a symbol of America's immigrant heritage. For more than six decades - 1892 to 1954 - the immigrant depot processed the greatest tide of incoming humanity in the nation's history.


Some twelve million people landed here; today their descendents account for almost 40% of the country's population. Opened on January 1, 1892, Ellis Island ushered in a new era of immigration with each newcomer's eligibility to land now determined by federal law. The government established a special bureau to process the record numbers that were arriving at the end of 19th century.


Fleeing hardships such as poverty, religious persecution, or political unrest in their homelands, they journeyed to the United States in search of freedom and opportunity. More than 70% landed in New York, the country's largest port. First and second class passengers were processed on board ship, but third or steerage class were ferried to Ellis Island when they underwent medical and legal examinations in the Main Building.

Ellis Island Immigration Museum
Ellis Island
New York, NY 10004
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There is no entrance fee for Ellis Island. get to the island, visitors must pay to ride a ferry operated by Statue Cruises


Children Under 4 free; Children 4-12 Years $9.00; Adults 13+ $18.00; Senior 62+ $14.00

Want to explore more of Ellis Island? Check Out US Citizenship Resources  - click here

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