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Ellis Island, New York City

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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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  • Exciting to go through and see Ellis Iceland how the whole process with the reception looked like. What a meeting it must have been for all that came with the steam and sail boats from Europe!
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  • What an experience! Beginning with the boat ride, the power of it all is simply amazing. Land at the island and you can get even the smallest sense of our predecessors and how they might have felt com...  more »
  • My son and I wanted to see Ellis island and tried to book a tour the day before and all tours were sold out leaving from NYC. We ended up choosing a tour that left from Liberty State Park. We took the...  more »