2. Hard Hat Tour of the Abandoned Hospital at Ellis Island
Learn about the history of immigration with our hard hat tour of the abandoned hospital at Ellis Island. Once the standard for United States medical care (and later transformed to the FBI headquarters when the island served as a detention center), the complex has been left to decay for nearly 60 years. Now, we’re bringing guests behind-the-scenes for a unique exploration of the abandoned facility; on this experience, you’ll visit the contagious disease wards, the autopsy rooms and have exclusive access to places usually closed to the public.
While Ellis Island has become one of New York City’s top tourist attractions, drawing over two million visitors per year, the 22-building South Side hospital complex is hidden in plain sight, just to the left of disembarking passengers headed towards the Great Hall. Looking at its desolate, skeletal frame now, it’s difficult to imagine its backstory as one of the largest public health undertakings in American history.