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Ellis Island Immigration Museum

Battery Park and Liberty Island, New York City, NY 10017
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Ranked #161 of 859 attractions in New York City
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Museums
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Figtree, Australia
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

Fascinating history of early New York , really gives you an insight to how it all began ! Great photos and stories of early europeon settlers with amazing detail of hardship , conditions and sorrow. Authentic, raw and factual ! Definately worth a visit !

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New Jersey, United States
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

You can't help but be impressed by the history there. However, all the artifacts have been removed because of damage to the a/c from Hurricane Sandy. When you buy the ferry tickets they tell you some exhibits are closed but you don't really know what they mean. Once you're all the way in Liberty State Park it's better to go... More

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

Despite Hurricane Sandy damage the museum is up and running; artifacts are still in storage but everything else is there. Short video in the theater gives lots of history and info about the 1880-1920 time period. Displays on first floor give insights about the immigration and why it happened. Second floor is the registry room and smaller rooms with info... More

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Plymouth, Minnesota
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28 reviews 28 reviews
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

It is an ABSOLUTE sin that NYC has closed down the Island and the only attraction is the main lobby of the immigration center. The whole Island should be part of the tour and ALL Americans deserve that as part of OUR history. Shame on NYC for closing it down!!! You are showing our country a disservice by not allowing... More

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Belton, Texas, United States
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

The story of Ellis Island is compelling and emotional, but our visit was underwhelming. There is a new display highlighting the immigrant experience throughout America's history, which is interesting but not specifically tied to Ellis Island. The Registration Room upstairs where the newly arrived immigrants were officially admitted to the US is just a huge, empty room. It would be... More

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Spring Hill, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

I have family who came from all over, all though, I don't know for certain who came from where and when, but I'm sure they had to have come through Ellis Island. It was nice visiting. If your into history, and the history of our country, this is a MUST!

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Groves, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

Our trip had us into New York in the afternoon. I suggest if you don't know exactly where and how to get there, get your metro card and head down to battery park. This is where you will pick up or buy your tickets. I also suggest you take the early tour and be at battery park When they open... More

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suburbs of indy
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

I actually come from a family of immigrants who came through Ellis Island and even though it was pretty cool to know I walked the same floors they did, it was not what I thought it would be. We did all you could do on the island. I thought we would be able to look at a registry to see... More

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Cleveland, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

Seeing the room where my great grandfather arrived was awe inspiring. Really enjoyed reading the plaques and information on display as well as seeing the artifacts. They also have an informational center where you can look up your relatives to see if you have a family connection with those that entered into the U.S. through Ellis Island.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

This place was cool, all the old artifacts and history made for a great day. Reading about the people that came through here and learning the history of the buildings and grounds was a lot of fun. Very humbling and makes you appreciate what you have today.

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