Ellis Island Est. 1960

Ellis Island, Jersey City, NY, United States

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My country tis' of thee - sweet (is)land of Liberty, of thee elegant event space I sing!
Retrace the steps of your antecedents at this iconic island of new beginnings and let Ellis Island be your guide to a once in a lifetime gorgeous gala.
The Lowdown
Type
Ballroom
Banquet Hall / Event Facility
Historic Building
Island
Museum
Views
Cityscape
Park
River
Skyline
Style
Classic
Elegant
Glamorous
Ornate
Romantic
BEST type of CELEBRATIONS
Birthday Party
Bridal Shower
Corporate Event
LGBT Weddings
Wedding Ceremony
Wedding Reception

Venue Setting

With just an eight minute exclusive ferry ride from Battery Park, NYC or Liberty State Park, NJ – let Ellis Island be your guide to a once in a lifetime event experience celebrating your heritage. More than 100 million Americans can claim ancestors who passed through Ellis Island in search of a new beginning. Retrace their steps with exclusive use of the museum and National Park Service Ranger tours. Guests are welcomed to find their family’s name on the Wall of Honor. Enjoy expansive interior space totaling 13,000 square feet with breathtaking views of the Manhattan Skyline or host your guests outdoors under the stars overlooking the Statue of Liberty. This National Monument is yours exclusively – so you decide the location! Or use Liberty Island for a cocktail hour and private photo op with Lady Liberty followed by dinner on Ellis Island. Whether it be an intimate cocktail party, a lavish corporate gathering or incentive group, an awards ceremony, an extraordinary family affair, wedding, Bar Mitzvah or Bat Mitzvah – Ellis Island will keep your guests talking for years to come. Ceremony locations available. Children activities including a scavenger hunt and game zone enhance a guests experience while visiting. Make one of the most memorable days of your life truly monumental. Outside Caterers welcomed. Events from 25 to 1,200 people. Fireworks available.
Fees
(Prices listed here are estimates only & are subject to change)
Price Range

Does this include catering fees?

No

Estimated Price Per Head

from $250 to $1,000

Additional Charges

Contact us to inquire about fees for the national park service that runs the island, as well as additional fees related to catering deposits and more.

Insurance

Additional Insurance May Be Required Depending On The Event

Capacity

Seated
1200
Buffet
1200
Standing
1200
Celebrations Hosted Here Since
1960
Curfew
11 PM
Venue Spaces
Indoor & Outdoor Venue Spaces Available
Catering
Client Can Select The Caterer Of Their Choice
Alcohol
Licensed Server Is Required
Music
Indoors & Outdoors
Smoking
Designated Smoking Areas Only
Kid Friendly Events
Yes
Inside Scoop

You can arrange for staffers to greet your guests with champagne or signature cocktails upon arrival at Ellis Island, and the parks service can provide tour guides to lead guests around the grounds and through the historic building to add an interactive element to your day. Plus, you can arrange for a fireworks display to cap off your celebration, with the Statue of Liberty in the background.

Amenities
  • A/V Equipment
  • Bridal Suite/Changing Rooms Onsite
  • Dining Chairs
  • Dining Tables
  • Onsite Restrooms
Venue Features
The Scene:
Set on Ellis Island, events may be located on our expansive grassy lawn for outdoor parties featuring a view of the NYC skyline, the Statue of Liberty, the sunset over the water. As guests disembark the private ferry bringing them on a scenic sail to reach the island, they may be greeted by champagne-bearing servers or custom bars and cocktail party stations for their enjoyment. We've even had costumed actors performing the roles of wide-eyed immigrants, sharing stories with party guests. A dramatic entrance to the Ellis Island historic building can be illuminated with thousands of candles and with musical performances, and guests proceed to the Registry Room that is often decorated in luxury style with custom lighting, custom bars, and a variety of table arrangements.
Design:
Our historic landmark venue allow guests to wander about, taking in our museum displays, marveling in the histories of immigrants -- some very notable -- who began new lives in America with their path taking them straight through our establishment.
Standout Venue Features:
The ability to bring in custom bars allows the party hosts to use our expansive space to create their dream party setting. We've had Tuscan fountains brought in, light-up bars in modern style, mahogany bars, and other grand features. We also have smaller rooms for more intimate gathering, and our lawn can be arranged with colorful cabana or lounge couch seating for enjoyment of the views.
Awards & Notables We have won many awards for our eco-friendly initiatives and The Knot recently named one of our weddings as among the best weddings of 2013.
Eats & Drinks
Food, Restaurants, Cafes, Bars & Lounges
Food, Restaurants, Cafes:
The Island has a café open during regular business hours.
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