Retrace the footsteps of freedom in action as you embark on a tour of The Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. See life through the eyes of an immigrant as you relive the adventure and lore of a seaside arrival at historic Ellis Island. Witness the sight of Lady Liberty's torch radiating across the sky, signaling entrance in to the land of hopes and dreams. America, Their America, Our America.
Located on a 12 acre island, the Statue of Liberty Enlightening the World was a gift of friendship from the people of France to the people of the United States and is a universal symbol of freedom and democracy. The Statue of Liberty was dedicated on October 28, 1886, designated as a National Monument in 1924 and restored for her centennial on July 4, 1986.
The American Family Immigration History Center (AFIHC) at the Ellis Island Immigration Museum contains manifests of 25 million immigrants, passengers, and crew members who entered New York Harbor between 1892 and 1924. Records can be searched at Ellis Island and on-line.
A "Monument Access" reservation system has been implemented by the National Park Service for visitors who plan on entering the monument. THE "Monument Access" Reserved Ticket ENABLES YOU TO VISIT THE MUSEUM GALLERY AND PEDESTAL OBSERVATION LEVELS ONLY. There is no access beyond the top of the statue's pedestal. (A secondary screening on Liberty Island is required for those entering the monument).
"Monument Access" is available at no cost from the ferry company with the purchase of a ferry ticket using the Reserved Ticket AND selecting the Monument Access option. During summer months and holiday periods you may consider ordering your tickets in advance.
A limited number of Monument Access passes are available from the ferry company each day on a first-come, first-serve basis. Monument Access Tickets are not needed to visit the Liberty Island grounds or the Ellis Island immigration museum.