Save Ellis Island Celebrates its 5 Year Anniversary of Reopening the South Side
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Oct

Save Ellis Island Celebrates its 5 Year Anniversary of Reopening the South Side

On October 1, 2019, Save Ellis Island celebrated the Fifth Anniversary of the reopening of the South Side for tours and programs. For 60 years, the doors of the Ellis Island Hospital Complex were closed. On October 1, 2014, we opened those doors and began leading guests behind-the-scenes through the unrestored historic hospital buildings.

The Hard Hat Tour, which has been sold out daily, remains a major attraction to Ellis Island with 41,550 visitors from the U.S. and around the world participated in 2019 alone. Over 165,000 visitors have taken over 7,000 tours since 2014.

To commemorate the occasion, SEI’s President, Janis Calella, invited French artist JR to return to the hospital to add one final piece to his exhibit, "Unframed - Ellis Island". The piece will be on display in 2020 as part of the foundations new Art in History programs.

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