I went to Ellis Island a year and a half ago to photograph and there wasn't a lot of access. You do have to got through an airport type security to take the boat. And beware, they have not seen many film users. They were interested in the 4x5, and the boxed film. And I had to stop them from opening the film holders. The ruins from the train depot, right there at the dock, looked more interesting that what I got access to on the island. They keep you in the renovated part of the island.