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Address: New York Harbor, New York City, NY 10017
Phone Number: 212 363 3206
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Description: Visitors can retrace the steps of their ancestors at this famous landing...
Visitors can retrace the steps of their ancestors at this famous landing point that welcomed millions of immigrants to the United States.
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Understanding the hardship and bravery of the immigrants.

A very interesting museum illustrating just how brave many of the immigrants were venturing miles to get a new life in the USA. Gives an insight into the diverse mix of cultures... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 30, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015 NEW

A very interesting museum illustrating just how brave many of the immigrants were venturing miles to get a new life in the USA. Gives an insight into the diverse mix of cultures inhabiting the States and the trials and tribulations they suffered to achieve their dream. Well worth a visit.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015 NEW

Was a very interesting place, but I think it is not something mandatory to see in NY, at least for me. You can take very good pictures of one perspective of the NY Skyline.

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Winslow, Maine
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 NEW

We went and didn't get the headphones. We should have. There is lots of history here. It was amazing to sit and think we were standing in the same place as the immigrants once were. The staff was OK but the place needs more signs, direction.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

Most of the exhibits have been taken away after Hurricane Sandy because of issues with temperature control. Lots of holes where stuff used to be. Audio tour could be better sign posted as well!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

Ellis Island was the first stop on our recent trip to New York. The attraction is well organised and it's good to see how they have turned a negative such as Hurricane Sandy into a positive as they are currently in the midst of making an exhibit relating to the disaster. The building is fascinating. I particularly enjoyed the parts... More 

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Kongsvinger, Norway
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

Very interesting even is a lot were removed after the hurricane for some time ago. Nothing for children I will say, but for adults, very interesting. To say it with some words: See, read and learn how America was formed

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Allentown, Pennsylvania
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

I had visited Ellis Island back in 2009 and loved it! There were so many artifacts and large ceiling to floor pictures. I felt like I was stepping back in time and reliving what my ancestors experienced. My fiancé is a history buff so I was very excited to take him for the experience but was very disappointed when the... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015 via mobile

Overall, I had a good time at the museum listening to the audio tour and viewing what was available. Many artifacts were removed after hurricanes in the region destroyed their climate control system, but they did not say when they'd be back. I last came here when I was in elementary school so I definitely enjoyed it more now as... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

It was a very interesting place to visit. Lots to see and learn. We did have lunch in the cafe, very crowded, and very expensive. But not much of a choice. The area needs more signs, directions .

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Quincy, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

We took the harbor cruise to Ellis Island. The building smells of history and varnished floors when you walk in the entrance. We got caught up on the second floor going up the staircase where the families were separated into groups. The pictures were heart warming and heart wrenching at the same time. These poor immigrants came with just about... More 

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