6. One of the Most Popular Places to Take a Photograph at the Ellis Island Hospital Complex


The “money shot” of the Ellis Island hospital complex is located inside one of the Isolation Wards on Island 3. By tilting your camera at just the right angle, you can capture the Statue of Liberty in the reflection of the still hanging mirror in the room. We won’t reveal the exact location, but the double sinks provide a hint of what the room was formerly used for.
According to the National Park Service, the higher wall sink was most likely utilized as a spitting vessel for Tuberculosis patients with the spigot used to clean the entire sink. Many of our tour participants, however, have offered up humorous theories as to what they believe the sinks could be used for. (Someone always guesses that the lower sink is a urinal.)