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Ellis Island, New York City

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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. 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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  • Enjoyed the history enormously. Very interesting exhibits. Also great views of the city. I would allow for a couple of hours on Ellis island and liberty island.  more »
  • A very informative learning experience about he rich culture and history of the United States of America , I learned quite a bit of things I never knew before very nice and friendly staff as who are f...  more »
  • Expect to spend a long time here, as this provides the essence of what America is all about. Immigrants from around the world hoping for a better life, have provided a moving testimony, ranging from t...  more »