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Ellis Island Immigration Museum

Address: Battery Park and Liberty Island, New York City, NY 10017
Phone Number: 212-883-1986
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Ranked #82 of 633 Attractions in New York City
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Museums
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Bedford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014 NEW

This is a must visit to fully understand the 'melting pot' that is the USA - the ferry trip around the Statue of Liberty and on to Ellis Island is very special given the historical context of the US. The tourguides were excellent and the view of the Manhattan skyline was a real bonus.

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Bangor, Northern Ireland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014 NEW

This was a great tour and so glad we got to visit Ellis Island and experience and view what the immigrants had to go through when they arrived in the New World.

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London, UK
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014 NEW

Short ferry ride across the bay takes you around the Statue of Liberty and on to Ellis Island. The Museum tells the interesting story of the treatment of immigrants into the USA. The hows, where's and why's are all explained in a very easy to view way, aimed at all ages. Definitely worth a visit, allow at least 3 hours... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014 NEW

I have been to NY many times but this was the first time visiting the Ellis Island museum. You could easily spend all day in the museum so if you have limited time plan the visit carefully as there is a lot to see and all of it is very interesting.

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Brentwood, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014 NEW

The island is packed with history..........and can be very stirring when reflecting on the journey that immigrants endured and the emotions that must have been felt when they stepped onto the ground.. There is a museum that offers a trail of the history by huge boards filled with pictures and narratives. We were told that Hurricane Sandy damaged many of... More 

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Calgary, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014 NEW

We were there in December and it made for a gamble for weather but unobstructed views. Instead of thousands, it was hundreds of people. Take the ferry over to Lady Liberty and Ellis island. You must go! There are bathrooms and restaurants on both islands... Security screening like at an airport is present. People had small backpacks and purses. I... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

This was my second visit to Ellis and as a product of people who came through it's halls it was very emotional for me. Finding my family on the wall is so moving. Unfortunately Hurricane Sandy did major damage to most of the displays but things are making their way back. The history is still there to read and learn... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

We took the Statue of Liberty tour which included Ellis Island. Freezing cold day with brilliant blue sky so good views back to New York. Although lots of the exhibits were missing following the hurricane damage it is a fascinating place and gives a real sense of the immigration experience

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Poole, England
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014

Until I visited here on a boat trip back from Liberty Island, I didn't know anything about the Immigration Museum. Since my ancestors all arrived in USA from various European countries during the 19th and early 20th centuries I found this place amazing and fascinating - I could have stayed all day but we had only arrived around 4pm and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2014

Well worth the visit, and on a nicer day that we had when we got there, you could probably spend more time on the island than we did, but the buildings and the stories presented about the immigrants arriving here were fascinating. We were particularly drawn to one photo exhibit depicting a fish wife who likely came from around the... More 

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