Statue of Liberty

Discover

Learn and Explore

We honor the immigrant experience and the pursuit of freedom through preservation efforts, educational initiatives, and community programs. As caretakers of Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty, we work to create bridges to history and to foster an appreciation for the rich tapestry of our national identity.

Our collections can connect you to Liberty and to the story of American immigration from anywhere in the world. We invite you to engage with our exhibitions and collections, and use our online resources to discover your roots and explore your heritage.

American Tales

Passenger and Ship Search

The passenger search is a piece of living history. Comprising nearly 65 million arrival records and ship manifests, this interactive database allows visitors to converse with America’s past, and travel with their ancestors to the shores of Ellis Island. Thought provoking and humbling, the passenger search offers us an incredible lens through which we can understand the challenges and dreams of the American passage.

Stories and Oral Histories

This collection of recorded interviews documents the stories of people whose lives were shaped by Ellis Island. Passengers, families, immigration officials, military personnel, detainees, and former island employees share their perspectives and relive the moments that formed our collective history. Educational, uplifting, harrowing, and inspiring, these precious cultural artifacts give meaning and texture to our collections.

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Flag of Faces

American Identity

A true portrait of America, this interactive piece of art invites you to add your likeness to an evolving national mosaic. Both a physical installation and a digital experience, the Flag is made up of user-submitted photos which come together to create an image of our shared identity.

Famous Passengers

Faces in the Crowd

The immigrants who came to America through Ellis Island made a profound impact on business, art, science, and culture. As did many celebrities of the day visiting from afar. Explore the stories of Ellis’ notable passengers and see how young dreamers went on to be counted among our most celebrated citizens.

Genealogy Primer

Trace Your Story

Want to take a tour through your family history? Start the process of determining your heritage by playing detective at home. Our guides and references can put you on a voyage of discovery, and offer strategies and tips for tracing your family’s roots.

The Wall of Honor

Celebrate your family’s place in the immigration story by inscribing a name on the American Immigrant Wall of Honor. A stunning installation, the Wall commemorates the journey of every traveler who followed a dream.

It celebrates who we are and where we came from, and represents a vast collection of experiences. A monument by and of the people, the Wall is open to the descendants of all American immigrants as well as contemporary arrivals. You can see it in person when you visit Ellis Island, or explore its panels on our website.

Become a Member

Bring History to Life

Make a commitment to support Liberty. Join our membership program and help us develop new programs focused on community, education, and enrichment.