Tour Ellis Island
Tour the Un-Restored Hospital Complex on Ellis Island
Hard Hat Tour
Covered corridors connected the main hospital building to infectious disease wards, kitchens, laundries and recreation facilities for patients and staff. As of today, 29 buildings are currently closed waiting to be restored and re-opened. These buildings – the empty wards, the subdued operating rooms, the quiet staff housing and the eerie morgue of the largest United States Public Health Service Hospital at the time – stand empty, awaiting restoration and new purpose. After nearly 60 years the hospital complex has been opened for special tours. Join a guided 90 minute tour that will take you through different areas of the 750 bed Ellis Island hospital.
Current Exhibit: Unframed-Ellis Island
By renowned artist JR will be on display throughout the hospital complex. The exhibit features life size historic photographs of Ellis Island immigrants installed on 16 interior walls. JR, the recipient of the prestigious TED Prize, is known throughout the world for his “Pervasive Art” exhibitions which are designed to raise questions.
The accompanying book the Ghosts of Ellis Island is available for purchase in our on-line shop
Watch JR discuss the exhibition Un-Framed-Ellis Island in this video produced by Art-net
Marc Azoulay, curator of Un-Framed – Ellis Island, led a special tour of the exhibition in its entirety this past October. Click here for a list of our upcoming public programs.
From 1892 to 1954, over 12 million immigrants entered USA through the portal of Ellis Island in New York Harbor
We are part of America's story
Ellis Island tells the story of the journey of millions of men, women and children from around the world who sought a new future on these shores.
Walking around these buildings we're not just talking about history-visitors are able to touch, feel, and understand in a way that connects them to the past. As we rebuild parts of Ellis Island, we are rebuilding its legacy and revitalizing living landmarks to a world gone by. Save Ellis Island is working to create a destination that echoes the beacon of hope that it once was for nearly twelve million immigrants and continues to be for the nearly two million visitors each year.
The Save Ellis Island website is made possible by a generous donation from Heidi Liebi Root in memory of her father Fred Liebi