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Ellis Island, New York City

Historic Site · Hidden Gem · History Museum
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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. 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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  • Our family visited Ellis Island after spending several hours at the Statue of Liberty. We wanted to see Ellis Island but this wasn’t super high on the kids list and the process of visiting both... 
    Our family visited Ellis Island after spending several hours at the Statue of Liberty. We wanted to see Ellis Island but this wasn’t super high on the kids list and the process of visiting both...  more »
  • We had to wait an hour to get back on a boat from Ellis Island to New York, standing crammed in a line with 200 plus people, 90 degrees, in the full sun. Not to mention it took 45 min of waiting to... 
    We had to wait an hour to get back on a boat from Ellis Island to New York, standing crammed in a line with 200 plus people, 90 degrees, in the full sun. Not to mention it took 45 min of waiting to...  more »
  • Our family of 5 took a weekday 9am ferry recently (tickets in advance, best time to go!!) and the journey was very easy to both Statue of Liberty and then to Ellis. You only need max 30 minutes at... 
    Our family of 5 took a weekday 9am ferry recently (tickets in advance, best time to go!!) and the journey was very easy to both Statue of Liberty and then to Ellis. You only need max 30 minutes at...  more »
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  • Great history lesson. For visitors recommended at least 2-3 hours to learn about historical site.
  • Wonderful place. Yoy can see films with all the history of inmigration. It has a coffee shop with salads and sweet options. Toilets cleans in all floors.
  • Great place to come with the family for a day event. The museum was really nice, it wasn't around when I was young. They put a lot of work into this. Very nice.
  • Beautiful place. Did a Wedding ceremony there. Never has New York City look so beautiful 🤗😇🗽
  • Was amazing place we was celebrated my birthday in cruise 🚢 very humble staff

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