A New Adventure on Ellis Island! See Ellis Island’s other side – Visit the un-restored Ellis Island Hospital Complex on a 90-minute “Hard Hat Tour”.

Guided 90-minute tours will take you to select areas of the 750-bed Ellis Island Hospital. Visit the Laundry Building, with much of its original equipment still in place, where over 3000 pieces of laundry were washed and sanitized daily, infectious and contagious disease wards, kitchen, staff housing, autopsy room and more. As part of the tour opening, an art exhibit, “Unframed – Ellis Island,” by renowned artist JR will be on display throughout the hospital complex. The exhibit features life size historic photographs of Ellis Island immigrants installed on 16 interior walls. JR, the recipient of the prestigious TED Prize, is known throughout the world for his “Pervasive Art” exhibitions which are designed to raise questions. Don’t forget to bring your camera. You may even catch a ghostly image looking back. This experience is one you won’t want to miss! The “Hard Hat Tour” is a program developed and administered by Save Ellis Island, Inc. All proceeds from the tour will go to the restoration and preservation of the unrestored historic south side buildings.


  • Still photography is allowed as long as it does not delay the tour, at the Save Ellis Island tour guide’s discretion. Additional camera gear such as tripods, unipods and additional lighting is not permitted.

Source: Visit Ellis Island