Ellis Island, New York City

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#4 of 53 in Historic Sites in 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. 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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  • August 14, 2017
    while always hearing about Ellis Island I couldn't understand what it was about or imagine it, until I stepped foot on the island and seen the pictures and exhibits about Ellis Island, it's a must see...  more »
  • August 14, 2017
    If you are into history, this is great stop. We were able to look up the manifesto of ships that came in to see if we had ancestors on those ships. Small fee of course. But was really neat if you are ...  more »

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