The Ellis Island National Museum of Immigration is the official State museum chronicling all eras of American immigration. A historical site that was the first port of contact for millions of people in pursue of the “American Dream”, this is now a working museum.
From 1892 to 1924, Ellis Island was America’s largest and most active immigration station, where over 12 million immigrants were processed. On average, the inspection process took approximately 3-7 hours. For the vast majority of immigrants, Ellis Island truly was an “Island of Hope” – the first stop on their way to new opportunities and experiences in America. For the rest, it became the “Island of Tears” – a place where families were separated and individuals were denied entry into the United States.
The museum is also in charge of a true American icon, the Statue of Liberty at Liberty Island, that is visited by 4 million people each year.
“The Statue of Liberty Enlightening the World” was a gift of friendship from the people of France to the United States and is recognized as a universal symbol of freedom and democracy. The Statue of Liberty was dedicated on October 28, 1886. It was designated as a National Monument in 1924. Employees of the National Park Service have been caring for the colossal copper statue since 1933. A state of the art, new “Liberty Museum” at the Liberty Island, opened to public in May 2019.