Ellis Island Museum Now Open On One Year Anniversary of Hurricane Sandy
Ellis Island Museum has reopened for the first time since Superstorm Sandy came through t he New York Harbor.
The halls and buildings of the Ellis Island Immigration Museum reopened to the public, almost exactly a year after the storm. It swamped boilers and electrical systems and left the 27.5-acre island without power for months.
While repair work continues at Ellis, there is plenty for visitors to see: the grounds, baggage area and Great Hall where 12 million immigrants stood in line, hoping for a better life. The exhibits will return when repair work finishes this spring. More than 1 million photographs and other artifacts remain in storage while buildings are fixed and upgraded.
Liberty Island also was flooded during Sandy and reopened July 4th.
Both Liberty and Ellis Islands were largely submerged by the storm surge from Hurricane Sandy. Elevator access to the Great Hall on the second floor is not yet available, but should be restored by early next year. Because of the storm, most of the museum collection is currently stored in a climate-controlled facility in Maryland. A temporary ventilation system will be replaced by permanent equipment later this year. Please take these conditions into consideration when planning your trip to Ellis Island.
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