Visiting Ellis Island
Ellis Island National Monument is maintained by the National Park Service of the U.S. Department of the Interior. Ferries, which also stop at the nearby Statue of Liberty, run from Battery Park in Manhattan (tickets sold at Castle Clinton) and Liberty State Park in New Jersey from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily, with extended hours in summer. Admission to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island is free. (If you want to climb to the crown of the statue, make sure you catch the ferry at 8:30 a.m.) For more information on the ferry, call (212) 269-5755.
The Ellis Island Immigration Museum includes more than 30 galleries of artifacts and historic images, covering 200,000 square feet. Two theaters feature Island of Hope, Island of Tears, a free half-hour movie documentary. Don't miss the short play, Ellis Island Stories, based on interviews with immigrants and Ellis Island inspectors. The museum includes a bookstore, gift shop and cafeteria.