New Ellis Island center to complete U.S. immigration story

NEW YORK (AP) — A gallery opening next month at the Ellis Island Museum will complete the story of America’s immigration history.

The Peopling of America Center opens on May 20. The museum will then be renamed the Ellis Island National Museum of Immigration.

The center’s new exhibits focus on immigration after Ellis Island closed as a port of entry in 1954.

The center also includes exhibits that explore the American immigrant journey before the island became a processing station in 1892. Those galleries opened in 2011.

With the new gallery’s opening, the museum will chronicle the American immigration experience through the centuries, from the 1550s to the present.

The stories are told through audio stories, interpretive graphics, films and interactive displays.

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