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 and especially the immigration museum on the island is worth a visit if you are really into history. The museum has artifacts which shows how immigration checks were carried out in 1900s....  more »
  • We bought tickets in advance at StatueofLibertyTickets.com and avoided standing on an extremely long line to get on the ferry. These tickets cost more but are worth it on busy days. The ferry stops fi...  more »
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  • Perfect place for history lovers. The museum does a fantastic job of celebrating the nation's long history of immigration. I particularly loved the stories told by people from all different walks of life. There are even some interactive great for children.
  • I was really excited, but it was also really stupid, The Statue Of Liberty. Ellis Island was really fun, though. Still needs more tables, chairs, refreshments, etc... The Statue Of Liberty was... Really.... How do I put this? Boring.. You can't even go there! Anyways, I will put it like this.. It is horrible. Sadly..

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