Ellis Island Reopens to Public
Ellis Island Immigration Museum has reopened to the public. The historic venue has been closed since Hurricane Sandy damaged the island a year ago. Currently, visitors can access the halls of the immigration station and several display areas, including the American Immigrant Wall of Honor; the building also is available for private events. Most of the museum's collection currently is stored in a climate-controlled facility in Maryland; it is expected to be returned in 2014, following repairs to the electrical system and the installation of new air conditioning and climate control to further protect the park's documents, photographs and artifacts.