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Ellis Island, New York City

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#3 of 117 in Historic Sites in New York City
History Museum · Hidden Gem · Landmark
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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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  • This is a super cool place to visit if this is your first time in NYC! It's really historic and an amazing place!! definitely a must-go place on your first trip to the big APPLE!! 
    This is a super cool place to visit if this is your first time in NYC! It's really historic and an amazing place!! definitely a must-go place on your first trip to the big APPLE!!  more »
  • I can definitely recommend the guided ranger tour which lasts about 30 mins and leaves on the hour. I think the lady was called Danielle and her grandparents came through Ellis Island from Italy... 
    I can definitely recommend the guided ranger tour which lasts about 30 mins and leaves on the hour. I think the lady was called Danielle and her grandparents came through Ellis Island from Italy...  more »
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  • The history behind this place. WOW!
  • A must on a visit to New York

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