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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 #81 of 633 Attractions in New York City
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Museums
Useful Information: Activities for older children
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Type: Museums
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Cascais, Lisboa, Portugal
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22 reviews 22 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2014 NEW

Both are a must-see, to get a feel for the 19th and 20th century history of New York and the US. Allow a good four hours to enjoy it fully

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Natal, RN
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2014 NEW

Even though you can see the museum doesn't receive enough investment, it still worth to be visited because it brings awesome stories of what people and the conditions/reasons why they first immigrated to the USA. Good thing: It's free!

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014 NEW

One of the highlights of NYC. This was my second visit and my daughter's first. It's not back 100% from Hurricane Sandy, but still a treasure with plenty to see. Grab a map and an audio tour to get the full effect. They have a great café and gift shop to the right of the entrance. Personnel on the ferry... More 

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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

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

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

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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Carmel, California
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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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