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Ellis Island, New York City

#3 of 118 in Historic Sites in New York City
History Museum · Hidden Gem · Landmark
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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  • Beautifully kept up. Easy access and friendly staff. We took the ferry from Liberty Park in New Jersey. Great group of people. To think my ancestors and I walked the same grounds 200 years apart.....  more »
  • Great experience as always! I always enjoy visiting the island and the museum. The purpose this trip was to see for the forts time our family name in graves in the wall of honor. I would like to...  more »
  • You could spend all day here. Fantastic museum and a ‘must see’.
  • I know the history of Ellis Island And saw the Island when I took a boat back from a visit to the statue of liberty. the first thing you see as the boat pulls along side of Ellis Island is a really lovely looking old building

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