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..
  • This tourist attractions is nice. It can be reached only from New Jersey, or New York by boats. The island is the home to the liberty stadium. We do not know the real intention of the French king, Louis xxxx,but the idea of freedom is good, and had since been part of the foundation of the United States of America. Weather is good in June,at least it's true this year. Awesome place. A place in the must see list.
  • Ellis islands. What can I say? I'll start with that this is actually in New Jersey, New York just likes to take everything from us. But on a more serious note, this is an amazing testament to the admirable qualities of the American people. Whenever I look at the statue of liberty, I pause for a moment and admire the idea that these immigrants had such a strength in their hearts and a desire for a life in America. I am a proud American, and I love this island
  • The island and museum itself were great, but I think it's ridiculous when there is a bridge to the island that we're forced to take a private ferry across. "It's free to enter the park" except the only way to do so is by the ferry service. There's too much to see in the museum, but we saw the things we came for. At times there was no clear direction on how to proceed. We almost missed the "stairs of separation" but thankfully a park ranger helped us out.

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