The Ellis Island Immigration Museum will reopen to the public Monday, a year after the island was submerged in water during Superstorm Sandy. Credit: Rob Kim/Getty Images
The Ellis Island Immigration Museum will reopen to the public Monday, a year after the island was submerged in water during Superstorm Sandy.
"We are delighted to be able to share Ellis Island's uniquely American story with the world once more," Superintendent David Luchsinger said in a statement.
The museum, part of the Statue of Liberty National Monument, will be reopening 364 days after the water surge from Sandy destroyed electrical, communications, heating and cooling systems on the island.
The water and sewage systems have been repaired since then, but much of the museum's collection remains in a climate-controlled facility in Maryland as new electrical and air conditioning systems have yet to be installed.
Though these repairs will continue through at least the spring, the museum will open the Great Hall, the American Immigrant Wall of Honor and the exhibit "Journeys: The Peopling of America 1550-1890."
Monday's reopening also marks another occasion. After 350 pieces of the statue were were reassembled over a hundred years ago, Lady Liberty was dedicated on Oct. 28, 1886.
"I can think of no better way to celebrate Lady Liberty's 127th birthday than to welcome visitors back to the place where those 'huddled masses yearning to breathe free' first came to our shores," Luchsinger said.