Ellis Island Prepares To Reopen

1 year after Hurricane Sandy devastated New York City, the Ellis Island Immigration Museum prepares to partially reopen to the public next week. Part of the Statue of Liberty National Monument, the museum suffered damage when the island was submerged, forcing it to close for repairs.

 

Tourists and New Yorkers will once again be able to visit the immigration station where 12 million people began life in America. Amongst the restored exhibits are the Great Hall, where immigrants were inspected and “Journeys: The Peopling of America 1550-1890”, telling the story of American immigration before the establishment of Ellis Island. Other highlights include the popular American Immigrant Wall of Honour and the magnificent views of Manhattan from the island.

 

Restoration work continues with a new air-conditioning system for climate control, following which the museum’s collection of documents and artifacts will be returned from storage. Elevator access to the Great Hall’s second floor will also be restored by early next year.

 

The Ellis Island Immigration Museum joins the Statue of Liberty, which reopened on 4 July 2013. The island is open from 0900 hrs to 1700 hrs daily and admission is free. Visitors must pay to ride a ferry to Ellis Island, with tickets costing USD 17 (adults) / USD 9 (children 4 – 12 years old) / USD 14 (seniors 62 years old and above).

 

For more information, visit www.nps.gov/elis/.

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