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 Reviews
Ellis Island racconta l'esperienza degli immigrati in USA. Durante la visita dell'isola si possono vedere gli ambienti, in parte ricostruiti, nei quali passava chi voleva farsi una nuova vita. Consigl... more »Ellis Island recounts the experience of immigrants in the USA. During the visit of the island you can see the environments, partly rebuilt, in which he passed who wanted to make a new life. Recommended!
Had organised to go with a colleague who bought advance tickets but had to cancel due to illness so ended up going alone. 11.25 Arrived to the departure point but had to queue for 40 mins for a ticket... more »
A must see experience even if you don’t have relatives who migrated to the US. Bare in mind that this country was practically built by migrants and this is one of the most important milestones of its history. The museum is so original that is makes you feel like you were there when it was all happening.
What a fascinating place, steeped in history & quite tear-jerking at times. Beautiful island, intriguing architecture & a place I’m eager to take my husband to visit.
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