One year after Sandy, Ellis Island will reopen on Monday

The U.S. immigration landmark is once again opening its door to visitors—but don’t expect to find it exactly as you left it

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Ellis Island Immigration Museum

Ellis Island Immigration Museum


Almost exactly a year after it was submerged by Hurricane Sandy's eight-foot-high swells, Ellis Island will reopen on Monday. The former entry point for millions of U.S. immigrants has been without power since storm floodwaters completely destroyed its electrical, communication, water and sewage systems. The 27.5-acre island will reopen to the public on October 28, though repairs are still ongoing. Also, many artifacts in the Ellis Island Immigration Museum were moved to a storage facility for preservation reasons and have not yet been returned—but visitors will be able to tour the landmark's historical buildings and see views the iconic Manhattan skyline.

Neighboring Liberty Island was also shuttered post-Sandy, and the island—along with the Statue of Libertyreopened on the Fourth of July.


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