Visitors will find stories of resilience and courage at the Angel Island Immigration Museum
SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES, Jan. 25, 2022 /EINPresswire.com/ — The Angel Island Immigration Station Foundation (AIISF) and California State Parks are pleased to announce the opening of the Angel Island Immigration Museum (AIIM) in Angel Island State Park. The new museum building opened to the public on January 22.
From 1910 to 1940, over 500,000 people from 80 different countries were processed or detained at the former US immigration station at Angel Island. Although sometimes referred to as “Ellis Island of the West”, Angel Island Immigration Station was built to enforce the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882 and similar immigration policies which were intended to keep Asian and Islander immigrants from the Pacific to enter the country.
“AIIM is an important addition to the site. Its exhibits complement the stories and narratives of immigrant detention and interrogation that are currently on display at the site’s Detention Barracks Museum,” said AIISF Executive Director Edward Tepporn.
The former Angel Island U.S. Immigration Station was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1997, and the new museum is located in the site’s hospital building. Repairing and renovating the building took over seven years and over $14 million in public and private funding due to the extensive disrepair and decay.
AIIM contains three permanent exhibits. The exhibition In The Shadows draws parallels between historical and current detention. The Under the Microscope exhibit highlights the building’s former use as a hospital. The Opening Doors exhibition focuses on the strengths and contributions of immigrants past and present. Other halls in the building will host temporary and rotating exhibitions as well as meeting spaces for day retreats, teambuilding events and other programs.
“Learning about our past really helps us understand the present,” said California State Parks Bay Area District Superintendent Maria Mowrey. “Visitors to the new Angel Island Immigration Museum will discover fascinating stories of resilience and courage that are evident in many cultures today.”
There will be no entrance fee for AIIM although visitors will need to take a ferry from San Francisco or Tiburon to visit the site. While the rest of the site is open Wednesday through Sunday, AIIM will initially be open weekends only from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. For more information and to schedule a visit, go to www.aiisf .org/visit.
Please be COVID-19 safe. State parks continue to follow guidance from local and state public health officials as COVID-19 is still present and deadly. Current state guidelines require masks to be worn in all indoor public places, such as museums and visitor centers, regardless of vaccination status through February 15, 2022. Read the latest COVID-19 guidelines. 19 on COVID19.ca.gov.
About the AISSF
Angel Island Immigration Station Foundation (AIISF) raises awareness of America’s immigration experience across the Pacific. In partnership with California State Parks, AIISF collects and preserves the rich stories and personal journeys of thousands of immigrants, and shares them with visitors and all who live in America through educational initiatives and public programs. . Angel Island Immigration Station reminds us of the complicated history of immigration to America. It serves as a symbol of our willingness to learn from our past to ensure that our nation keeps its promise of freedom and liberty. To learn more, visit www.aiisf.org.
Angel Island State Park is part of the California Department of Parks and Recreation. California State Parks provides health, inspiration and education to the people of California by helping to preserve the state’s extraordinary biological diversity, protecting its most precious natural and cultural resources and creating recreational opportunities for high quality outdoors. https://www.parks.ca.gov/angelisland/
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