Ellis Island Hospital Hard Hat Tour

Ellis Island Hospital Hard Hat Tour

Tour Highlights

  • Exclusive hard hat tour inside the abandoned Ellis Island Hospital, in partnership with Save Ellis Island
  • Access buildings usually off-limits to the public
  • Discover the history of this hospital, once the standard for the U.S. medical care and abandoned since 1954
  • See what life was like in the hospital as you explore the laundry building, contagious disease wards, autopsy rooms, staff house and more
  • Round trip ferry tickets (from Manhattan or NJ starting May 29th) and access to the Ellis Island National Museum of Immigration are included in your tickets
Make this tour private, for your group only. Starts at $664

Guests Love This Tour!

  • 5 star ratingThis a must-see for history buffs, lovers of New York lore and those who want to understand how we treated immigrants in our past so much better, with more dignity and care than we do know. Our guide was very passionate, knowledgeable and generous. Extraordinary history, breathtaking views and you will meet really interesting people. thanks Untapped Cities

    MARK M

    5 star ratingExcellent tour. Our guide Jim was not only completely knowledgeable but very enthusiastic. We had a great time and would do another with this company. I also had a ticket issue, and their customer service was fast and took care of the problem without issue.

  • 5 star ratingWhat a great tour. Jim our guide was enthusiastic, knowledgeable and friendly. The tour was fascinating and I loved every minute! Brilliant!


    5 star ratingSimply one of the best tours we have ever done! The tour was absolutely fascinating amd engaging from beginning to end. You can really feel the history and the guide's stories really bring the place to life. Worth every cent and highly recommend

  • 5 star ratingWe had an amazing guide who guided us through en old hospital building on Ellis island. A thrilling, mesmerizing and educational tour. During almost two hours our guide entertained us with his stories about the abandoned hospital...


    5 star ratingMost in-depth & entertaining tour I've had in NYC! It is apparent that our guide enjoys researching history & sharing his knowledge with others.

  • 5 star ratingI thoroughly enjoyed this tour. So much interesting history on Ellis Island. Our tour guide Brett was so knowledgeable and fun. Thank you Untapped Cities for a beautiful day. I took their advice to arrive early to clear security at the ferry, definitely good advice since the line grows quickly. Smooth sailing over to Ellis Island and had time to tour the main building as well.


About This Tour:

Explore the abandoned Ellis Island Hospital complex, once the standard for United States medical care and later transformed into a US Coast Guard base and FBI detention center. It has been left to decay for nearly 60 years. Now, Untapped New York partnered with Save Ellis Island to create an exclusive behind-the-scenes hard hat tour of the abandoned hospital. On this experience, you will discover the laundry building, contagious disease wards, autopsy rooms, staff house and so much more as you walk in the footsteps of the immigrants who were there a hundred years ago. While exploring the buildings you will also see several life-size photographs of immigrants pasted on the walls of the abandoned buildings. They are part of JR’s exhibition “Unframed – Ellis Island”.

The 29-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. Join us for our upcoming Ellis Island hospital tour, guided by a Save Ellis Island docent, where we’ll uncover its many, buried secrets.

Save Ellis Island is a non-profit organization whose mission is to raise the funds needed to rehabilitate and repurpose the twenty-nine historic buildings on the south side of Ellis Island for a new and exciting purpose. Your tickets directly contribute to the restorations efforts, so thank you!


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