You can now take a virtual tour of Ellis Island’s mostly off-limits hospital complex

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View of Ellis Main Building front and Hospital Buildings displayed as an equirectangular projection. This is what it looks like when a spherical image is unwrapped onto a flat plane. View the virtual tour to see this image in its original, spherical, shape. (Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS))

View of Ellis Main Building front and Hospital Buildings displayed as an equirectangular projection. This is what it looks like when a spherical image is unwrapped onto a flat plane. View the virtual tour to see this image in its original, spherical, shape.
(Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS))

NEW YORK — Areas of Ellis Island not included on regular tours can now be visited virtually.

The National Park Service launched the virtual tour of the south side of Ellis Island on Thursday. It includes the hospital complex where immigrants with illnesses were treated before being allowed into the country.

Made of 22 buildings, the site housed wards to treat contagious diseases, assess mental conditions and provide care for pregnant women. The abandoned hospital and contagious disease wards have been stabilized but not restored.

Forty interactive photographs make up the virtual tour and are created from detailed 3D scans. They’re supplemented with historic images of the same buildings as they once looked.

To take your own virtual tour, click here.

But if that doesn’t satisfy your curiosity, the non-profit Save Ellis Island offers hard-hat tours that require reservations.