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Ellis Island Immigration Museum

Battery Park and Liberty Island, New York City, NY 10017
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Ranked #150 of 862 Attractions in New York City
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Museums
Useful Information: Activities for older children
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Peoria, Illinois
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22 reviews 22 reviews
9 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014 NEW

We usually aren't fans of taking audio tours, but we thoroughly enjoyed this one. They did a great job of taking us, room by room, while we walked in our ancestor's footsteps. I could really envision what their journey must have been like, and it gave me a whole new perspective of their struggle as they entered America. Some of... More

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Vaudreuil-Dorion, Canada
17 reviews 17 reviews
10 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014 NEW

Wow...I learned a lot during my visit to Ellis island Immigration museum! Who knew what immigrants had to go through to have a better life in a new country. Though, there was lots of signs stating the pieces cannot be shown due to the damages caused by hurricane Sandy. It didn't deter me from visiting this museum. Take the audio... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014 NEW

Several local and visitor recommended and I skipped Island of Statue of Liberty to come visit Ellis Island Museum. It was a great recommendation. You will come to understand The City and The Country.

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Porto, Portugal
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75 attraction reviews
50 helpful votes 50 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

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Boston, United Kingdom
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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

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San Antoio, Tx
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32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014

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

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San Jose, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

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.

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Boulder, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

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

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Paphos, Cyprus
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58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

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

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West Chester, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

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.

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