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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  • We had planned a unfortunately, too little time, so we had to shorten greatly tour the audio. The history of this island and the immigrants that is told here is very interesting and instructive. The individual steps of the imigration are explained in detail on the basis of the Austellungstücke / rooms. We come again and take more time.
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  • It is an attraction that some people do not. To my I found it interesting to learn how immigrants arrived. There are documents, photos and history
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  • Ellis Island can be seen from either side of the Hudson River in lower NYC and can't be missed. Take time to visit this landmark and learn the scale of history of this place. Your ancestors may have e...  more »
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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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