Ellis Island, New York City

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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  • October 4, 2017
    This was a great piece of history to visit. Our Tour Guide - Ashley, was the best!! She really knew her history, and gave a great tour of both the island and the Statue of Liberty. Definitely try to g...  more »
  • October 4, 2017
    We went out to the Ellis Island on a frigid January day. The museum was warm and welcoming, and not crowded. It was very moving to walk the floors that my grandparents walked on almost a hundred years...  more »
  • October 4, 2017
    Part of the general statue tour, the island is ok, but the immigration museum the exhibits are mainly boards with lots of text so takes a long time to go round and read them all. Ok for a look as part...  more »

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