Ellis Island, in Upper New York Bay, has a land area of 27.5 acres (11.1 ha), most of which is part of New Jersey. was the gateway for over 12 million immigrants to the United States as the nation's busiest immigrant inspection station for over sixty years from 1892 until 1954.
The island was made part of the Statue of Liberty National Monument in 1965, and has hosted a museum of immigration since 1990.
The island's new Main Building, which now houses the Immigration Museum, was opened in 1900.
Exhibits include Hearing Room, Peak Immigration Years, the Peopling of America, Restoring a Landmark, Silent Voices, Treasures from Home, and Ellis Island Chronicles. There are also three theaters used for film and live performances.
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