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Please visit the National Park Service and Statue Cruises websites for the latest information about visiting.

 

Ticketing & Transportation

Yes! All visitors must purchase a ticket to board the ferry to Liberty and Ellis Islands.

All tickets are available to purchase up to six months in advance.

Grounds Tickets are available daily and can be purchased via the Statue Cruises website or in-person at the Statue Cruises ticket booths.

NY Location:
Statue Cruises box offices located within Castle Garden in Battery Park.
NJ Location:
The historic Central Railroad of New Jersey Terminal in Liberty State Park in Jersey City, New Jersey.

 

Tickets are available for purchase daily. However, during peak visitation periods tickets can sell out. To ensure access, we recommend purchasing tickets in advance.  

ALERT: Statue Cruises is the ONLY vendor that can provide access to both Liberty and Ellis Island through and exclusive contract with the National Park Service. If you are departing from New York City, we strongly recommend that you purchase your tickets online or from the official Statue Cruises’ ticket box office inside Battery Park at Castle Clinton. Street vendors Do Not sell tickets that bring visitors to Liberty and Ellis Islands and can be deliberately misleading.

Tickets include round-trip ferry transportation provided by Statue Cruises, access to the Statue of Liberty Museum and the Ellis Island National Museum of Immigration, and audio tours on each island.  

The Statue of Liberty is currently closed to the public. For details, please visit the National Park Service website.

On Liberty Island, visitors can tour the grounds and visit the Statue of Liberty Museum.

On Ellis Island, visitors can tour the Ellis Island National Immigration Museum, including the American Family Immigration History Center where you can explore your family’s connections to Ellis Island. 

Grounds Tickets:
Adult: $19.25
Senior (62+) $14
Child (4-12) $9
Child (0-3) Free Admission

Self-guided audio tours are available to all ticket holders. Adult and family versions are available. Audio tours are offered in 12 languages including Arabic, English, French, German, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish, as well as American Sign Language (ASL) and Audio Descriptive (AD) versions.

Statue Cruises is the only authorized concessionaire permitted to sell tickets and provide ferry access to Liberty and Ellis Islands.

Grounds Tickets can be purchased in advance. Grounds Tickets are also available daily and can be purchased at the Statue Cruises box offices located within Castle Garden in Battery Park or the historic Central Railroad of New Jersey Terminal in Liberty State Park. 

Tickets are available up to six months in advance. 

ALERT: Statue Cruises is the ONLY vendor that can provide access to both Liberty and Ellis Island through and exclusive contract with the National Park Service. If you are departing from New York City, we strongly recommend that you purchase your tickets online or from the official Statue Cruises’ ticket box office inside Battery Park at Castle Clinton. Street vendors Do Not sell tickets that bring visitors to Liberty and Ellis Islands and can be deliberately misleading.

 

No. According to the National Park Service, National Park passes are valid at parks that charge an entrance fee. Liberty and Ellis Island are fee-exempt by law. The price of the ferry ticket covers the cost of transportation by the concessionaire.

CityPASS holders can receive 42% savings on Reserve Tickets.

Groups are welcome to visit the Statue of Liberty National Monument and Ellis Island throughout the year. However, due to safety concerns and size limitations, groups must make special arrangements for their ticket reservations. Contact Group Sales at Statue Cruises at (201) 432-6321 for additional information.

Security on both islands is managed by the United States Park Police. Prior to boarding a ferry to Liberty and Ellis Islands, all visitors are required to submit to airport-style security screening.

It is recommended that visitors arrive 30 minutes before scheduled reserve time. The time on the reserve ticket allows entry into the screening facility not an actual vessel departure.

Prohibited items include: firearms, explosives or flammables, knives or sharp objects (including tools) pepper spray, mace, tripods and all markers (permanent or erasable). Your electronics may be inspected if you bring them to the islands.

There are no locker facilities at the New York and New Jersey departure points.

Visiting Liberty and Ellis Islands

Liberty Island and Ellis Island are open daily, except for Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.

Operating hours vary based on the time of year. Please consult the Statue Cruises website for details.

The American Family Immigration History Center, located in the Ellis Island National Immigration Museum, is open Thursday – Monday, 9:30am – 3:30pm.

Visits Liberty and Ellis Island are self-guided, which allows each guest to tailor the experience to their interests and availability. On average, visitors dedicate two to four hours to visit both islands and their museums.

For information about guided tours, please visit the National Park Service website. 

Self-guided audio tours are available to all ticket-holders, with adult and family versions. Audio tours are available upon arrival to Liberty and Ellis Island. The tours are offered in 12 languages including Arabic, English, French, German, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish, as well as American Sign Language (ASL) and Audio Descriptive (AD) versions.

Currently, the Statue’s interior is closed to the public. For more information please review the National Park Service website https://www.nps.gov/stli/index.htm.   

The Statue of Liberty Museum and Liberty Island grounds remain fully accessible to all guests. The Museum tells the history and influence of Lady Liberty, including a simulated climb to her crown.  

Regarding the Statue’s torch, access has been closed to the public since July 30, 1916. The torch currently held high by the Statue is a replica created in the 1980s during the centennial restoration project. The original torch is on display in the Statue of Liberty Museum. 

Family history documents are available at the American Family Immigration History Center on Ellis Island. The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation offers commemorative gifts through its online shop.

All ferries sailing to/from Liberty and Ellis Islands offer snack bars as well as merchandise. Food, beverages, and gift shops are available on both islands. Visitors may bring their own food and beverage to Liberty and Ellis Island.

The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation provides free WiFi to visitors within the Statue of Liberty Museum and the Ellis Island National Museum of Immigration.

Yes. Backpacks, strollers and large bags are permitted inside the Statue of Liberty Museum and Ellis Island National Museum of Immigration. 

On Liberty Island, lockers are located adjacent to the secondary security screening building for a small fee. Ellis Island does not provide guest lockers.

Authorized guide and service animals are welcome. All other pets are not allowed aboard Statue Cruises vessels or within the National Park.

Are the museums air conditioned?

The Statue of Liberty Museum and Ellis Island National Museum of Immigration are air-conditioned facilities.

Accessibility

For information about accessibility on Liberty and Ellis Islands, please visit the National Park Service and Statue Cruises websites.

 

For information about wheelchair availability on Liberty and Ellis Islands, please visit the National Park Service website.

Self-guided American Sign Language (ASL) and Audio Descriptive (AD) versions of the audio tour are available on Liberty and Ellis Islands.

Virtual Exhibits and Tours

From virtual experiences to genealogy research tools to educational materials, the Foundation offers a library of remote learning experiences. Explore our Educational Resources to learn more about these two great American monuments.

Yes! To explore virtual tours and other remote experience, please visit our Educational Resources page.

Yes! You can look at the Flag of Faces, the Wall of Honor, and the Oral History Project online. Click below for more information.

Flag of Faces

Wall of Honor

Oral History Project

Yes you can. Click below to learn more about the database and to get started on your search.

Passenger Search

About the Foundation

Established in 1982, The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation was created to restore and preserve these two great national monuments. The Foundation is committed to fostering, promoting and stimulating public knowledge of and interest in the history of the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. The organization, in partnership with the National Park Service, maintains custody and control of records, relics and other things of history interest related to the Statue of Liberty and the millions of immigrants who entered the U.S. via the Port of New York.

The Foundation works hand-in-hand with the National Park Service (NPS; a unit of the United States Department of the Interior) to preserve the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. We work to identify the monuments’ needs, and raise funds to ensure the public can enjoy the parks’ natural and cultural resources.

Yes, your donation is 100% tax deductible.

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Support Our Work

The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation thanks the following who generously contributing their talents, permitting use of their images to help tell our story.

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Paul Seibert Photography

Images were also provided by the National Park Service and Nils Walter. All Photographic Services.

If you have questions, please email ContactUs@libertyellisfoundation.org.