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Ellis Island, New York City

Categories: History Museums, Landmarks, Museums, Tourist Spots
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4.2/5 based on 4,000+ reviews on the web
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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  • A museum full of history and reality! I loved it because is saw them origins without taboos of a nation!
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  • Effective tale of immigration to the United States reasonably well illustrated and told. It's that fast some time here if one is a little bit interested and want to see it grøvste. Highly recommended!
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  • There was a lot more to see than expected. It is surprising how many artifacts & photos exist. We did the audio head set self guided tour which was a good way to experience the most important displaye...  read more »
  • Nice and interesting! You can spend the whole day there and maybe discover how your great grandparents arrived. There are a lot of interesting things there.
  • 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 historical immigration museum is something of wonderful feeling for people that love emotions, life values, multi culture and history. More than 6000 of ships left immigrants here from all the world area. I recommend to get the Guide Tour (free) of 30/40 mins because the guide really make you feel the history and meaning. We stop here for about 2hours or more....take your time... Enjoy...
  • A place that leaks history, Ellis island is a must visit for people interested in American history. I visited the statue of liberty and the immigration museum in the same day and enjoyed the experience. With your admission to the museum, you also get a free audio tour of the entire facility covering all the stages of American immigration. The higher floors can get confusing to navigate and I'd you're not a history buff, you may be bored by the time the second floor is completed. Even as a non-american, I could feel the importance of this place to the country, and learned alot about the immigration experience. In conclusion, Ellis island is a good visit for those interested in American history but you may he inclined to skip the whole museum after a quick look around.
  • Ellis Island is an amazing adventure and will take you back to a time when everyone wanted to come to America and start a new life of Freedom! Please put this on the TOP of your bucket list! The hardships that the new immigrants endured are all captured in photos and displays - truly a wonderful piece of each and every American! The views of NYC from Ellis Island are stunning
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