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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  • Ellis Island used to be the historical point of entry for millions of migrants who wanted to enter the US via New York from 1892 to 1954. Today it is an island museum included in a usual day-trip itin...  more »
  • Exciting but at the same time still feel the sacrifices which were emigrants to enter America to visit is a piece of history
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  • The island was a part of our trip at the statue of liberty. A Museum for the history of immigrants, really a place with a lot of history.
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  • The key to Ellis Island...get there early! We caught the 14:25 boat and barely had any time to explore before they began to escort you back to the boats. There is so much history here that you will really want to budget 4 hours for this place. It is well worth it!
  • Great place. Lots of history and interesting facts, you will find both, sad and beautiful moving stories that will bring to perspective the “American Dream”.
  • Very interesting and informative place. The audio tour gives you helpful insights and a better understanding about Immigration to the USA and especially to NY.
  • Take the hard hat tour of the old unrestored hospital. Very cool.
  • Great historical site! Well preserved and curated for every type of visitor.

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