Statue of Liberty

COVID-19 Related Information

COVID-19 &
The Foundation

A note to our valued Donors & Supporters

Effective Monday, August 24, 2020, Liberty Island grounds and concessions, the Statue of Liberty Museum and Ellis Island National Museum of Immigration are open with certain capacity restrictions in place.

The Statue Pedestal and Crown are currently closed.

For updates about visiting Liberty and Ellis Islands, please visit the National Park Service or Statue Cruises websites.

Foundation staff continue to work remotely and safely. The Foundation is constantly monitoring this evolving situation and will continue to be in compliance with any government mandates regarding our operations.

To check the status of an order, please fill out our form to Contact Us. Thank you in advance for your patience should we experience delays processing orders or responding to inquiries.

For generations, Liberty has been a beacon of hope during America’s most challenging times. Thank you for your continued support of The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation.

Health & Safety

The National Park Service and Statue Cruises have established procedures to safeguard visitors and employees throughout visits to Liberty and Ellis Islands. Purchasing ferry tickets, boarding and exiting ferries, sailing to/from the islands, using audio tour equipment, walking the grounds and visiting the museums – these and other parts of the visitor experience are adjusted to maximize safety. For information about these protocols please visit the National Park Service and Statue Cruises websites.

An extensive cleaning procedure is in place for the audio tour devices. The process was developed by Acoustiguide, producers of the audio tour experiences on Liberty and Ellis Islands. For visitors, it begins onboard the ferry ride where an informational video will review safety and sanitation protocols. Each audio guide will have an antibacterial plastic covering and be cleaned by staff prior to being distributed to guests. The audio tour devices include a jack into which visitors can insert their own headphones if this is preferred over holding the unit up to your ear. Note that the audio tour devices are not Bluetooth enabled.

Family History Center
at Ellis Island

The American Family Immigration History Center, which is located in the Ellis Island National Museum of Immigration and managed by the Foundation, is taking steps to protect guests and staff: Plexiglass shields at check-in and document pickup desks; extensive signage promoting social distancing; hand sanitizer located throughout the center; credit/debit card-only transactions (no exchange of cash); disinfectant cleaning of terminals after every 30 minute research session; masks required.

The Family History Center is also expanding its research offering. Visitors can still purchase an on-site 30-minute session and conduct their own research. In addition to this option, with a set donation, visitors can opt to have staff conduct the research instead. In this case, research findings will be provided within 15 business days. Details about each option can be found in the registration kiosks located in the Family History Center.

The Family History Center is located on the first floor of the Ellis Island National Museum of Immigration. Currently, the History Center’s hours of operation are Wednesday through Monday, 9:30 am to 3:00 pm.