Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island
National Park Service 
Liberty Island 
New York, NY 10004 
(212) 363-3200 -- Immigration Wall of Honor: (212) 561-4588
For Advance Ferry Ticket and Time Pass Reservations:
1-877-LADY TIX or 1-877-523-9849

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Needing no introduction, the Statue of Liberty has for decades been one of the nation's leading attractions. People from all over the world have come to see her, the very symbol of what America is all about.

Statue of Liberty Tour
Visitors can enjoy a full tour of the Statue, including the magnificent Crown and the Pedestal/Museum. Some of the Museum features include:

  • The Statue of Liberty Exhibit, illustrating the history and symbolism of the Statue through artifacts, photos, prints, videos, other objects, and even full-scale replicas of the Statue's face and foot.
  • The Torch Exhibit, featuring the original 1886 torch and a display on the history of the torch and flame.
  • The "New Colossus" is a beautiful bronze plaque whose message inspires hope and freedom for immigrants coming to America and people seeking freedom around the world.

Crown Tickets (additional fee) are required for entry to the Crown. A limited number of free tickets for the Pedestal/Museum are available on a first-come, first-served basis. The best way to get Crown or Museum tickets is to request them for each member of your party in advance when purchasing ferry tickets online or by phone. Without a Crown or Museum tickets visitors can still enjoy a ranger-led tour of Liberty Island and listen to an audio tour (fee charged).

Ellis Island Immigration Museum & The American Immigrant Wall of Honor

Looking at the buildings on Ellis Island from Battery Park is a breathtaking experience. And the closer you get, the better it is. 

Ellis Island was the gateway for more than half of the immigrants entering the U.S. between 1892 and 1924. Closed to public tours in 1984, it was reopened in 1990, following a $160 million restoration. 

The centerpiece of the restoration project was the Ellis Island Immigration Museum, with more than 40,000 square feet of exhibit space, restored areas, and educational facilities, including an interactive learning center for children. The Ellis Island Theater features a documentary film entitled, ”Taking a Chance on America: Bela Lugosi’s Ellis Island Story.” The Museum is self-guided, though an audio-tour can be rented to help. Note that portions of Ellis Island may be inaccessible due to incomplete Hurricane Sandy repairs. Call or visit the official website linked above for current information.

The American Immigrant Wall of Honor displays the names of countless individuals who risked everything to come to America. They were the people who built this country. On the Wall their names are inscribed by their children, grandchildren and great grandchildren to honor the courage and commitment of those who dared to build upon their dreams. 

Transportation to Liberty Island is via Statue Cruises ferry, which departs on a regular schedule both from Battery Park in New York and Liberty State Park in New Jersey.

At either attraction, school groups must be chaperoned: 1 adult for 10 students. 

Visitors to the Park are required to undergo airport style security screening. Visitors to the Monument undergo additional security screening.

  • All persons and property are subject to search. All items considered inappropriate or prohibited will be confiscated and retained by the United States Park Police.
  • Large bags are not allowed on Liberty or Ellis Islands.
  • There are no locker facilities at the New York and New Jersey embarkation points.
  • There are locker facilities on Liberty Island for Monument visitors.
  • Backpacks, strollers and large umbrellas are not permitted in the Monument.
  • Food (even unopened) and drinks (including water) are not allowed inside the Statue of Liberty.
  • All weapons are prohibited, including: Firearms, explosives or flammables, knives or sharp objects (including tools), pepper spray and mace.

Security is managed by the United States Park Police.

Hours: Call for current ferry schedule or visit the official website linked above.
Admission: (ferry rates)
Adults $18.00
Seniors (62+) $14.00
Children (4 - 12) $9.00
Audio tours are included. The above rates are for Pedestal/Museum access and access to the grounds of Ellis Island. Crown access costs $3.00 more.
Groups: Call for group discount info.
Group Reservations: At least 8 weeks in advance recommended for school programs. Payment for school groups must be made at least 30 days in advance. Reservations may be made up to 6 months in advance.
Lunch: Restaurant on Liberty Island.
Handicapped Access: Call with your needs.
Directions: West St. south to Battery Park.

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