Urban Exploration Tours

The abandoned Ellis Island Hospital—once the standard for United States medical care—has been left to decay for nearly 60 years. Sitting in New York Harbor, Ellis Island welcomes millions of visitors per year to the National Immigration Museum on the north side of the island, while the hospital complex on the south side has remained largely untouched and off-limits to the public since 1954. We are now taking you back inside the abandoned hospital for a unique urban exploration experience. This exclusive Ellis Island hard hat tour will take you behind-the-scenes through the abandoned facilities, including the laundry building, autopsy room, infectious and contagious disease wards. You will also see on this urbex tour the site specific exhibition, "Unframed," installed by the world-renowned artist JR who has placed life-sized historic photographs of Ellis Island immigrants on walls of the hospital buildings.

These behind-the-scenes hard hat tours are led by docents of Save Ellis Island in an effort to help raise awareness and funds to restore the buildings.

All photos courtesy of James and Karla Murray


“Excellent guide, great history lesson and never seen before stuff. Highly recommend for couples and family”


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“This tour was amazing...It was like having a birds-eye view of some of our ancestors coming to the US through the Ellis Island and hospital portal. The time flew....and we didn’t want it to end!"


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"This was a fabulous tour! Jim Peskin, our guide, was extremely knowledgeable, energetic and inspiring. He is a JR expert and a true Ellis Island historian. The artwork is wonderful. It was a very moving afternoon”


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Tours Scheduled Weekly

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