Ellis Island, New York City

Historic Site · Hidden Gem · History Museum
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. A visit to Ellis Island represents just the start of the adventure when you use our New York City trip itinerary planning app to plot your vacation.
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  • Was grear to see the history. Felt they did a wonderful job showing the immigrant view. Wish we could have stayed longer. Only use the statue boat tour; others are scammers. Don't wait in the line if....  more »
  • What an amazing experience, from seeing Lady Liberty, to visiting the amazing museum. A must when visiting the Big Apple.  more »
  • This very informative about how people immigrated from other countries and passed through Ellis Island on their way to the United States. There is a lot of history for history buffs. Take this trip....  more »
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  • You could spend all day here. Fantastic museum and a ‘must see’.
  • I know the history of Ellis Island And saw the Island when I took a boat back from a visit to the statue of liberty. the first thing you see as the boat pulls along side of Ellis Island is a really lovely looking old building
  • Great audio tours, if you decide to go plan on a few hours here, the wall of names are really interesting especially if you know your ancestor!
  • I loved it and I will come back again and again.
  • such a pretty and memorable moment. was one of the best tourist spots that my family went to. totally worth the money and it was definitely something to scratch off your bucket list

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