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Duration: 1 hour and 30 minutes

Overview

Explore the abandoned Ellis Island Hospital complex on a hard hat tour in New York, NY. Discover the disease wards, autopsy rooms, staff house and more as you walk in the footsteps of immigrants who were there a hundred years ago.

πŸ₯ Discover the eerie and fascinating history of the abandoned Ellis Island Hospital complex

πŸšΆβ€β™‚οΈ Walk in the footsteps of immigrants who were there a hundred years ago

πŸ“· See several life-size photographs of immigrants pasted on the walls of the abandoned buildings

🀝 Your tickets directly contribute to the restorations efforts of Save Ellis Island, a non-profit organization

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Year-Round,
Saturdays and the first Sunday of the month

Practical information

Do I need to sign a waiver to participate in the tour?
Yes, all participants must sign a waiver upon arrival.

Is the tour suitable for children?
No, the tour is not suitable for children under 10 years old.

Can I bring a scooter, wheelchair, or walker on the tour?
Unfortunately, no. The tour is not accessible for these devices.

What kind of shoes should I wear?
All participants must wear closed toe and closed heel shoes.

Do I need to wear a face mask?
Yes, all participants must wear a face mask until further notice.

Do I need to stay with the guide at all times?
Yes, all guests must remain with the guide at all times.

Do I need to wear a hard hat?
Yes, everyone must wear a hard hat for the duration of the tour. Hard hats are provided at the beginning of the tour.

Can I take photographs on the tour?
Yes, guests may take photographs, but tripods, monopods, or filming are not allowed. Please keep in mind that this is not a photo tour, and guests are expected to stay together as a group.

What is included in my ticket?
Your ticket includes round trip ferry tickets to and from Ellis Island, access to the Ellis Island National Museum of Immigration, and an exclusive hard hat tour inside the abandoned hospital.

How far in advance do I need to book the tour?
You must book at least 1 week in advance.

Where does the tour meet?
The tour meets at the information desk located on the ground floor of the Ellis Island Museum adjacent to the National Park Service information desk. When you get to the meeting location, we will need your first and last name to check you in.

Full description

Step back in time and discover the eerie and fascinating history of the abandoned Ellis Island Hospital complex on a hard hat tour. This once-renowned medical facility, which was also used as a US Coast Guard base and FBI detention center, has been left to decay for nearly 60 years.

During this behind-the-scenes experience, you will explore the laundry building, disease wards, autopsy rooms, staff house, and much more. As you walk in the footsteps of immigrants who were there a hundred years ago, you'll also see several life-size photographs of immigrants pasted on the walls of the abandoned buildings, part of JR's exhibition "Unframed - Ellis Island."

Led by a Save Ellis Island docent, this exclusive tour will uncover the many buried secrets of the 29-building South Side hospital complex. Although the building now looks desolate and skeletal, it was once one of the largest public health undertakings in American history.

While there are plenty of opportunities to take photos on this tour, it's important to note that this is not a photo tour, and guests are expected to stay together as a group. All participants must wear closed-toe and closed-heel shoes, a face mask (until further notice), and a hard hat for the duration of the tour, which will be provided at the beginning.

To ensure the safety of all guests, all participants must sign a waiver upon arrival, and no children under 10 years old, scooters, wheelchairs, or walkers are allowed.

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Cam A

I had the pleasure of going on the Ellis Island Hard Hat Tour and I can't recommend it enough! If you're interested in history, this tour is an absolute must-do.

Molly M

We had an excellent experience on the hard hat tour of the abandoned hospital on Ellis Island. Our guide Tory provided us with excellent access to the site and shared the rich history of the facility in great detail. We learned so much about the medical care provided to our immigrant ancestors and how much was done to help them. This tour is a must-see for anyone with immigrant ancestors.

Jessica W

The Ellis Island Hospital Hard Hat Tour was an incredible journey through time. Visitors can see the hospital buildings in varying states of decay that give a glimpse of what the facilities looked like in the early 20th century. We learned about the history of the buildings and people who were detained there, and our guide from the non-profit Save Ellis Island Foundation was excellent. Not recommended for young children.