The United States Immigration Station Museum on Angel Island is a beautifully restored structure offering a window into a very important time in the history of Pacific Coast immigrants. The Station, operating from 1910-1940, served as the main immigration processing center for hundreds of thousands of immigrants from all over the world looking to start a new life in America. A direct result of the passage of the Chinese Exclusion Act in 1882, the U.S. Immigration Station detained immigrants while they endured interrogations, medical exams; sometimes for no reason other than their national origin.
Today, the United States Immigration Station serves as a museum dedicated to interpreting and making connections between the experiences of those who made the journey to America over 100 years ago and the continuing story of immigration in America today. The museum is open Wednesday to Sunday for general admission for a fee and is operated by the staff of Angel Island State Park. Please call (415) 435-5537 for off-season hours of operation and information about group tours or school group tours or visit California State Parks Angel Island website for more information.