Ellis Island National Monument

Part of the Statue of Liberty National Monument, Ellis Island straddles New York and New Jersey and is an important landmark of American historic heritage. In its 62 years of operation (1892-1954) as a federal immigration station, over 12 million immigrants passed through its doors and onto American soil.  Both the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island stand as symbols of freedom and are therefore also are symbols of the American identity.

As you explore Ellis Island, it’s hard not to imagine yourself as one of the 12 million that passed through here, exhausted after a rough sea voyage and overwhelmed by the immigration process. You can walk through the extensive museum exhibit on your own or with a guided tour to explore the monument’s rich history. At special theatrical programs, see professional actors deliver actual immigrant accounts collected in an oral history project for the monument.  The monument is a wonderful educational opportunity for the whole family.

—Caroline Griffith

If You Go

Over forty percent of Americans can trace their ancestry through Ellis Island’s immigration records. If you fall into the forty percent, trace your family ancestry at the American Family Immigration History Center. A unique and fun experience!

elis.jpg

FIND A PARK:

FIND BY LOCATION:

FIND BY CATEGORY:

FIND BY THEME:

BROWSE ALPHABETICALLY:

WHAT DO YOU THINK?

Post a Comment

Share your park story today. Post your park experiences, recommendations, or tips here.*

Nickname
Comment
Email
   
Enter this word:

* Your comments will appear once approved by the moderator. NPCA staff do not regularly respond to postings. We reserve the right to remove comments that include profanity or personal attacks, promote products or services, or are otherwise off-topic. Opinions expressed here do not necessarily reflect the position(s) of NPCA. By submitting comments you are giving NPCA permission to reuse your words on our website and print materials.

Close

Want to learn more about the  ?

The   can be seen in the wild in America’s national parks. Why not join the National Parks Conservation Association community to protect and preserve our national parks?

Sign up to protect parks in   & other states

Why not join the National Parks Conservation Association Community to protect and preserve our national parks?

Sign up to protect   and other National Parks

Why not join the National Parks Conservation Association Community to protect and preserve our national parks?

Please leave this field empty
Yes, please sign me up for NPCA’s newsletter and other emails about protecting our national parks!

National Parks Conservation Association
National Parks Conservation Association

Log In

Or log in with your connected Facebook or Twitter account:

GO

Welcome to our growing community of park advocates. Thanks for signing up!

Sign Up:

Or sign up by connecting your Facebook or Twitter account:

GO