We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Ellis Island Immigration Museum

Battery Park and Liberty Island, New York City, NY 10017
212-883-1986
Website
Improve this listing
Ranked #147 of 863 Attractions in New York City
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Book Now

Type: Museums
Useful Information: Activities for older children
Write a Review

555 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
    299
    155
    65
    28
    8
Date | Rating
  • Chinese (Traditional) first
  • Chinese (Simplified) first
  • Danish first
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
  • Swedish first
  • Any
English first
Porto, Portugal
Top Contributor
99 reviews 99 reviews
71 attraction reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

All this museum has are signs stating that "Due to damages done by hurricane Sandy, these pieces cannot be shown at the moment". I understand that natural disasters happen, but maybe the museum should kept closed until the missing pieces are ready and set. In spite of the place's symbolism, it lacks content. Not worth visiting if you're on a... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Boston, United Kingdom
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

Well worth a three hour visit. Buy tickets on line and save time. Lots of queues to get onto boats, but still enough room to view exhibits and get photographs. As for button hooks glad not in use now

Was this review helpful? Yes
San Antoio, Tx
Top Contributor
65 reviews 65 reviews
24 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014 NEW

Disappointed the articles brought over were not on display as stated on the map and at visitors desk. We were rushed and it closes early as the last ferry runs early. Still enjoyed it . The errie feeling was in the Baggage Room, felt a heaviness come over me. Couldn't wait to get outside where my husband said the same... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
San Jose, California
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014 NEW

Ellis Island was so interesting. I don't think we realize what immigrants go through. I don't know how anyone could go to Ellis Island and hear the stories and then think that America is just for a certain people. It's for everyone - every type, race, religion, culture.

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Boulder, Colorado
Senior Contributor
30 reviews 30 reviews
12 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014 NEW

Having visited Ellis Island years ago right after it opened after it's renovation, I wasn't sure what to expect this visit after the damage from Hurricane Sandy. Despite missing some of the exhibits that had to be stored in a more safe/stable environment, the Ellis Island experience was still worthwhile. Imaging the throngs of immigrants crowding into the main hall... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Paphos, Cyprus
Top Contributor
111 reviews 111 reviews
36 attraction reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014 NEW

Just walking in the front entrance to the building you can feel yourself been transported back in time. All the movies that have shown this scene of the first time immigrants stood in the hall waiting to be accepted into USA it was amazing. I never realized that people stayed here for long periods, waiting for medical checks, paperwork to... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
West Chester, Pennsylvania
Top Contributor
83 reviews 83 reviews
31 attraction reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014 NEW

The name lives up to its expectations....we spent a couple of hours. The audio guide is a great help. You can learn about the immigration in US. The Statue of Liberty tour by ferry includes a tour of this museum.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Sydney, Australia
Reviewer
4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014 NEW

I saw this years ago and then again recently in the Hitch movie. It is a must do. Wonderful history for adults and children alike.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Plymouth, United Kingdom
Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014 NEW

We had only intended to stop off for 30 minutes, on the way back to the mainland having just visited Liberty Island and the Statue of Liberty, but once we arrived in the main hall we were almost carried along and ended up taking the free audio tour. Two and a half hours later we left the island, the tour... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Contributor
19 reviews 19 reviews
12 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

My husband I travel by ferry to Ellis Island from New Jersey. It was so incredible, and unforgettable experience. My husband's grandfather passed thru Ellis Island in the early 1900's. It was very emotional walking thru the building, looking at the exhibits and watching the films. It is a must see for every American. So much history is in that... More

Was this review helpful? Yes

Travelers who viewed Ellis Island Immigration Museum also viewed

 

Been to Ellis Island Immigration Museum? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Register now for free — and start getting automatic notification of new reviews, responding to traveler feedback, adding new photos to your listing and much more.

Manage your listing