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.
ABOUT THE MUSUEM
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.
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.