Ellis Island National Monument

Ellis Island National Monument

Welcome to Ellis Island

Welcome to the Statue of Liberty National Monument and Ellis Island.

The Statue of Liberty was presented by the people of France to the people of the United States in 1886 to honor the friendship between the two nations. Today, it is recognized as a symbol of liberty through-out the world.

It was established as a national monument in 1924 and placed under the manage-ment of the National Park Service (NPS) in 1933. It underwent an extensive $86 million renovation, just in time for the statue's 100th birthday in 1986. Millions of people visit the statue each year.

Ellis Island was the gateway through which more than 12 million immigrants passed between 1892 and 1954 in their search for freedom of speech and religion, and for economic opportunity in the United States. Because of its unique historical importance, it was declared part of the Statue of Liberty National Monument in 1965. After a six-year, $170 million renovation, overseen by the NPS and funded through the efforts of The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation, it reopened to the public as a museum in 1990.

For 85 years, the NPS has endeavored to preserve America's parklands for generations to come.