Ellis Island reopens Monday without artifacts

Published on NewsOK Modified: October 24, 2013 at 4:07 pm •  Published: October 24, 2013
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NEW YORK (AP) — The National Park Service says the Ellis Island Immigration Museum will reopen to the public on Monday, a year after it was closed by Superstorm Sandy.

Visitors will be able to walk through the main immigration building, the baggage area and the Great Hall where inspections took place for many of the 12 million immigrants who passed through Ellis Island. But they will not be able to see most of the artifacts that had previously been on display at the museum: Those were moved before the storm and will remain in storage for the time being will repair work continues.

The Oct. 29 storm destroyed boilers and electrical systems. Ellis Island was without power for months after the storm swamped parts of New York City.

The neighboring Statue of Liberty reopened on July 4, only to be briefly shuttered again during the federal government shutdown.