Statue of Liberty Ferry and Ellis Island Immigration Museum

Get up-close with a New York icon with a 3-in-1 experience at the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island Immigration Museum, and round-trip ferry journey.

The New York Pass FREE ferry ticket and entry to the Ellis Island Immigration Museum Normally $18.50 - Free with New York Pass

No New York visit is complete without an official welcome from Lady Liberty. Visit the Statue of Liberty and explore Ellis Island, where more than 12 million immigrants were processed upon their arrival in the United States. 

Enjoy free entry to the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island Immigration Museum, and a round-trip ferry Journey with The New York Pass®.

- Pay nothing at the door – simply show your pass.
- Enjoy stunning views of New York City from the Statue of Liberty.* 
- Enjoy a free return journey from Ellis Island.
- Experience an in-depth history of immigration in New York City.

*Does not include entry to pedestal or crown levels inside Statue of Liberty - must be purchased separately.

 

Pass Perk

Enjoy free museum tickets to and an audio tour of Ellis Island Museum (available in Arabic, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin, Russian and Spanish).



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- Ellis Island & Statue of Liberty history 

- Ellis Island & Statue of Liberty highlights

- Ellis Island & Statue of Liberty facts

- Don't miss

- Know before you go

- How to get there



Ellis Island & Statue of Liberty history

A symbol of America and New York’s most notable cultural experience - the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island represent centuries of American history.  Named after its last private owner, Samuel Ellis, Ellis island once served as the main point of entry into America. More than a third of all Americans can trace their lineage to someone who passed through Ellis Island.

The first would-be-immigrant to be processed in Ellis Island was teenager Annie Moore, a teenager from County Cork, Ireland. She arrived with her 11 and seven-year-old brothers with hopes of reuniting with her family in New York. To mark the occasion an Australian treasury department official and a Catholic chaplain awarded her a $10 gold piece. Today, visitors can see a statue of the siblings in the Ellis Island Immigration Museum.

Ellis Island closed as an immigration center in 1924. After which many private developers submitted suggestions for the site. The projects ranged from a rehab facility to a resort marina and even an experimental ‘city of the future’ designed by architect, Frank Lloyd Wright. None of these plans came to fruition, and after nearly 20 years in political limbo, the site opened for tours in 1976. It wasn’t until the 1980s that a plan for a historical museum came to light. Lee Lacocca, an automotive pioneer, lead a large fundraising project for the renovation of Ellis Island.

Edouard de Laboulaye came up with the concept for ‘Lady Liberty,’ and Frederic-Auguste Bartholdi was commissioned to design it. The figurine was a gift from France to the United States of America to honor the Union’s victory in the American Revolution and the abolition of slavery. At the time the French were under the reign of Napoleon III. Laboulaye hoped the figure would inspire the French people to fight for their democracy.

The 131-year-old Statue of Liberty stands as Ellis Island’s key feature. Inspired by Libertas, the Roman goddess of freedom, the robed female figure holds a torch and tablet inscribed with the date of the declaration of Independence, July 4, 1776. The seven spikes on the statue’s crown represent the ocean and the seven continents. The spikes illustrate the universal notion of liberty. Although her feet are not entirely visible, ‘Lady Liberty’ is depicted with one foot raised, moving forward away from oppression and slavery.

The island finally opened to the public in 1990. Today Ellis Island receives over 3 million visitors each year from all around the world.

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Ellis Island & Statue of Liberty highlights

  • Visit Ellis Island Immigration Museum and Liberty Island to see the Statue of Liberty.

  • Enjoy a round trip ferry from Ellis Island.

  • Experience three interactive galleries and an immersive theatre inside the Museum.

  • Enjoy stunning panoramic views from the Ellis Island Museum rooftop and Inspiration Gallery.

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Ellis Island & Statue of Liberty facts

  • How tall is the Statue of Liberty? 305 ft. 6 inches from the base of the pedestal foundation to the top of her torch.

  • The seven rays from her crown are said to represent the seven continents.

  • The statue’s original torch was replaced in 1984 by a new copper torch coated in 24k gold.

  • For most of the 19th century, Ellis Island was used for hanging convicted pirates, criminals, and mutinous sailors. It was nicknamed ‘Gibbet Island’ after the wooden post, or gibbet that the deceased bodies were hung up on display.

  • After the last hanging in 1839, the island served as a depot for Navy munitions. It wasn’t until 1982 that it became a federal immigration station until its closure in 1924.

  • Ellis Island was used as a detention facility during WWI and WWII.

  • Although the Statue of Liberty herself was a gift from France, the stone pedestal that supports the statue's 225-tonne weight was paid for by Americans.

  • The Statue of Liberty's arm was in Madison Park from 1876 and 1882 to raise funds to complete the Statue. Anyone could pay 50 cents to climb to the torch balcony. A kindergarten class in Iowa sent $1.35 to the fund drive. In August 1885, it was announced that the final $100,000 for the statue’s pedestal had been raised.

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Don’t miss

Immersive Theater

Enjoy a 10-minute multimedia experience. The room is designed to allow visitors to roam freely. View images that shed light on the history of the Statue of Liberty and the ideals it represents. Additionally, the presentation includes a virtual fly-through inside the statue.

Engagement Gallery 

Learn about the work process of Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi and the team of artisans who built the Statue of Liberty. Fully immerse yourself in multimedia displays that show the project’s journey to completion, from design to fabrication and construction. 

Inspiration Gallery

This space provides visitors with an opportunity to reflect on what they have experienced in the Museum and enjoy panoramic views of ‘Lady Liberty’ and the New York skyline. Document your visit by adding a self-portrait to a digital collage called ‘Becoming Liberty.’ Liberty’s most iconic symbol, the original torch, is housed inside the gallery.

The Roof Deck

Visit the area atop the Museum to access the rooftop and view sweeping views of the iconic statue and New York Harbor.

Please Note: The museum rooftop may close at various periods in adverse weather conditions. Please check the Museum site for more information.

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Know before you go

  • For admission to the Pedestal or Crown of the Statue of Liberty, please book Crown Reserve and/or Pedestal Reserve tickets separately. Make reservations as soon as possible as access is limited, and tickets often sell out months in advance.

  • Please visit the Liberty Island website for additional information about accessibility, opening hours, and visitor guidelines.

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How to get there

Liberty Island is located in New York Harbor and is only accessible by boat. Ferries operated by Statue Cruises depart from Battery Park in Lower Manhattan in New York City, New York and Liberty State Park in Jersey City, New Jersey.

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Getting to Statue of Liberty Ferry and Ellis Island Immigration Museum

Getting to Statue of Liberty Ferry and Ellis Island Immigration Museum

  • Statue of Liberty Ferry and Ellis Island Immigration Museum Statue Cruises Kiosk, Battery Park, New York, NY 10004
  • Closest Subway Whitehall Street / South Ferry / Bowling Green
  • Closest Bus Stop See map
  • Big Bus hop on hop off Tour Stops Stop 12, 13 or 14 on Downtown route

Opening Times

Box Office: 8:30am – 5:00pm. 
Summer: 8:30am – 5:00pm. 
All other times: 9:00am – 3:30pm.

Closed:
The Statue of Liberty will be closed on Thanksgiving November 28 and Christmas December 25.

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