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National Immigration Museum

A Journey of Discovery

The Ellis Island National Museum of Immigration is a living monument to the story of the American people. Housed inside the restored Main Building of the former immigration complex, the Museum documents the rich story of American immigration through a carefully curated collection of photographs, heirlooms, and searchable historic records.

Visitors touring the Great Hall, baggage room, and restored dormitories can feel the spirit of the hopeful arrivals eager to find opportunity, and the Museum’s interactive exhibits bring their voyages to life. Each display sheds light on the immigration process, and allows visitors to gain an appreciation for the nuances of the American melting pot.

Constantly evolving, the Museum doesn’t end with tales of Ellis Island and its golden doors – it also highlights immigration before and after the Ellis era. Thought-provoking and moving, the Museum celebrates all of those who have searched for promise and possibility and honors the complexities and contradictions of the migrant journey.

Flag of Faces

A Snapshot of America

This digital installation invites visitors to be part of the ever-changing American mosaic. Photos can be submitted online then viewed at the Museum.

Peopling of America Center

The Entire Story

Explore immigration pre and post Ellis Island. Learn about the hardships of early transplants, and see how advances in technology have created new challenges and opportunities for immigrants in the modern world.

Wall of Honor

Inscribe Your Name in History

Salute your family and heritage at this unique monument to immigration, and join the Museum in celebrating who we are, and where we came from.


The Mission of the Museum

The National Immigration Museum gives the three million annual visitors to Ellis Island the opportunity to learn about the history, and legacy, of American immigration.

The Family History Center

Find your place in history by searching through a massive collection of immigration records. Connect with your ancestors’ experiences, and follow the paths that led them to American soil.

30th Anniversary
of the Museum

On the heels of celebrating Lady Liberty’s restoration, The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation turned its attention to Ellis Island for what would be the largest historic restoration in U.S. history.

Museum Information

The National Immigration Museum traces the story of human movement to tell the story of Who We Are as Americans. We ask visitors to examine their own histories and encourage them to think about where we all fit in the modern world.

A piece of history itself, Ellis Island is both memorial and museum. By welcoming families and visitors to its doors, we create an opportunity for cultural understanding and forge a continuum with our own heritage.

Our mission

Keeping the Gates Open

Help families and communities discover their connection to history. Join our work, and together we'll bring the next generation of voyages to Ellis Island.