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Ellis Island, New York City

History Museum · Hidden Gem · Landmark
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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  • Had got tickets to go to the statue of liberty and you got to go to ellis Island to that was a good experience ellis Island is the building where the imagination had to go to get checked out before...  more »
  • I visited Ellis Island in August 2021. I bought my ferry ticket online the night before. I took Exit 14C on the New Jersey Turnpike and arrived at the parking lot at about 7:20 am. Parking costs...  more »
  • This is a must-do while visiting Statue of Liberty. A lot of people recommend to visit this before Statue of Liberty, and I did not do it first, but I would definitely agree. That is if you want...  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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