Hurricane Sandy Damage Will Keep Ellis Island Immigration Museum Closed Till 2014


Following last week’s announcement that the Statue of Liberty and Liberty Island will reopen to the public on July 4 following repairs necessitated by the passage of Hurricane Sandy the day after the monument officially reopened in October of last year, another New York Harbor attraction typically visited in tandem with the giant statue, the Ellis Island Immigration Museum (EIIM), announced that it will likely remain closed until next year after sustaining far greater damage from the superstorm.

A spokesperson for the National Park Service (NPS), Linda Friar, told the AP that the EIIM, which is housed in the former immigrant processing building on Ellis Island, “is under repair from storm damage and will not likely be open in 2013.” Though the millions of documents and artifacts on display at the museum survived the storm un-dampened — over one million were evacuated to off-island storage space — the building and grounds sustained a good deal of damage.

Still, tourists paying a visit to Lady Liberty this summer will get a glimpse of Ellis Island: The NPS announced Friday that when Liberty Island reopens, boats bringing visitors will initially stop at Ellis Island for security screenings, before sailing on to Liberty Island.

— Benjamin Sutton

(Photo via the Statue of Liberty- Ellis Island Foundation, Inc./Facebook.)