Angel Island United States Immigration Station (AIUSIS) and WWII Mess Hall
Visit this National Historic Landmark in person, and see the barracks where immigrants from around the world were detained, as well as historic inscriptions written on the walls. Please note that it is about a 40 minute walk to this site from Ayala Cove (where the ferry lands). The Cove Café sells shuttle tickets to and from this site (leaving and returning to Ayala Cove). The Cove Café is open seasonally. Please contact them directly for questions regarding their services.
United States Immigration Station Guided Tour
Tour the barracks where immigrants from around the world were detained. See historic Chinese poetry and other inscriptions written on the walls. Tour capacity is 5-40 people total. Tour length is about 1 hour and 15 minutes. Appropriate for 4th grade and up. It is about a 40 minute walk one way (1 1/2 miles) to this site from Ayala Cove (where the ferry lands). USIS guided tours usually start by a bell located by the water at USIS. Please check in with park staff at the USIS admissions desk located inside the main entrance (top of the long staircase) to the Immigration Station Barracks the day of your visit to verify where your tour will begin. Please note that without a reservation, tours are offered when staff are available.
USIS Guided Tour Times - Winter (November 1st– March 22nd)
- 11:00, 12:30, 1:45; Wednesday – Sunday
USIS Guided Tour Times - Summer (March 23rd – October 31st)
- 11:00, 12:30, 1:45; Monday – Sunday
Guided Tour Ticket Fees
- $7 per Adult
- $5 per Youth (6- 17 years old)
- Free for children (5 and under)
- For school groups (K-12) the guided tour fee is $3 per person
The Park accepts cash or check payable to California State Parks. Please contact the Angel Island State Park Tour Coordinator via email at email@example.com or 415-435-5537 to make a tour reservation. Tour reservations are first come first served, and for groups of 5 or more.
Immigration Station General Admission
The inside of the Immigration Station Barracks and the WWII Mess Hall can be viewed by a self-guided tour (including Room 105). During the self-guided tour, park staff and docents will be available for information and to answer questions throughout the building. The grounds (outside of the buildings) are free to the public.
USIS General Admission - Winter (November 1st – March 22nd)
- 11:00 – 3:00; Wednesday – Sunday
USIS General Admission - Summer (March 23rd– October 31st)
- 11:00 – 3:00; Monday – Friday
- 11:00 – 4:00; Saturday & Sunday
USIS General Admission Fees
- $5.00 per adult (anyone 18 and older)
- $3.00 per youth (anyone between the age of 6-17)
- Free for children (5 and under)
- For school groups (K-12) the self guided tour fee is $3 per person.
Tickets for the self-guided tour can be purchased at the admissions desk located inside the main entrance (top of the long staircase) to the Immigration Station Barracks the day of your visit. No reservations are required. The Park accepts cash or check payable to California State Parks.
Immigration Station Ranger Talks
Talks lasting approximately 15 – 20 minutes will be offered to the public at no cost within the Immigration Station grounds throughout the day on both Saturday and Sunday. Please check in with park staff at the Immigration Station the day of your visit for more information on these talks.
Please contact the Cove Cafe directly to inquire about shuttle tickets to USIS. Please note that they are open seasonally.
Many of the facilities at the United States Immigration Station are ADA accessible. Please contact the park office at 415-435-5390 for additional information.
For additional USIS academic resources, please visit the Angel Island Immigration Station’s ‘Learning Center’.
Please contact the Angel Island Conservancy for scholarship information.
Ferry fees are not included in tour costs and are paid separately to the ferry company of your choosing. Please note ferry schedule departure and arrival times. For an updated ferry schedule and to confirm your transportation to the Island, please contact the ferry companies directly. During the winter ferry service is limited and may not be available without advanced reservations.
If you are a (K-12) school group, you may be eligible for a reduced ferry ticket price. Please contact the Angel Island State Park Tour Coordinator via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or 415-435-5537 for additional information.
Please note that all guided tour tickets and general admission tickets to USIS, are not included in the ferry ticket price, the general admission fee to the Park, camping fees, or any other fee issued by the Park. USIS guided tour tickets do include the general admission fee for the USIS Barracks and WWII Mess Hall.