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Ellis Island


Discover the hidden side of Ellis Island


Ellis Island


July 24, 1903 New York - Immigrants arriving at Ellis Island (Restored with added sound)


New York - Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island tour


Arrival of immigrants, Ellis Island

Ellis Island, in Upper New York Bay, was the gateway for over 12 million immigrants to the U.S. as the United States' busiest immigrant inspection station for over 60 years from 1892 until 1954. Ellis Island was opened January 1, 1892. The island was greatly expanded with land reclamation between 1892 and 1934. Before that, the much smaller original island was the site of Fort Gibson and later a naval magazine. The island was made part of the Statue of Liberty National Monument in 1965 and has hosted a museum of immigration since 1990.
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  • History 

  • Structures 

  • Immigration procedures 

  • Current use 

  • Cultural impact