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Ellis Island, New York City
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Hear the tales of the 12 million immigrants who passed through Ellis Island when it served as the nation's busiest immigration inspection station, from 1892 to 1954. The immigration museum, housed in the station's main building, reveals details about the immigrants who came to the island and the staff who worked there. You can view informative displays, a short film, photos, art, and personal artifacts. Outside the museum, read the wall of honor for a partial list of the immigrants processed here. Before boarding a ferry to the island, be prepared for a thorough security check; sharp objects and large bags are forbidden. Purchase ferry tickets in advance to avoid waiting in long lines. Use our New York City tour planner to arrange your visit to Ellis Island and other attractions in New York City.
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  • After graduating from liberty Islands we are Iceland over on Ellis. There is the Museum of immigration. Here you get lots of information on the history of immigration to the United States. All rather well presented and very informative.
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  • The facility and displays are wonderful and the audio tour which is included in the price is sufficiently informative. The only drawback for me was that it IS an island and there is waaayyyy to much t...  more »
  • I have visited Ellis Island a few years back and must admit that I prefer the "old" version. It is a little too modernised and has taken the juice and old feeling of the past out by now sadly. 
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  • It was a wonderful experience. We took the tour and it was very informative and fun. The ranger she was really good. The park rangers were very helpful and informative. Would like to visit again.
  • Great day out with the family! We purchased the Statue of Liberty pedestal + Ellis Island tour. Highly recommended for everyone! Food is generally not allowed on premises but they have a cafe available with hot and cold sandwiches. Ellis Island is where the majority of the historic items and exhibits are located and we spent a couple of hours wandering around. Still didn't see everything so I'll definitely come back with other guests. Be sure to get the free audio guide, attend the 30 min free movie about Ellis Island, and listen to any ranger talks you can find! Totally worth it.
  • The audio tour of Ellis Island was great. The history of that place is surreal. Would love to go back and do some more exploring and look around. They offer a hard hat tour of one of the other buildings, that sounded fun.
  • Historical place. It says 12 million immigrants came to America between 1740 to 1904. Not a lot to see, but its nice to be here. The circular tv is awesome.
  • Loved the hospital tour. You really did see how thousands of immigrants were processed into this country. Also, registered here to research immigration of my ancestors. Fantastic to see their names on the ship manifests. We neer sis get to the top floor, there was just so much stuff to see.