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Ellis Island Immigration Museum

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Financial District
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Address: Battery Park and Liberty Island, New York City, NY 10017
Phone Number: 212-883-1986
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Well worth a visit so full of information - it's a must see when visiting New York. We were warned that there was long wait lines but we just showed up and got a ticket straight... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Well worth a visit so full of information - it's a must see when visiting New York. We were warned that there was long wait lines but we just showed up and got a ticket straight away - maybe we were just lucky

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Brussels, Belgium
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

A must see in NYC! Try to schedule the visit on a nice sunny day, the views from the Ferry are spectacular! Regarding the Museum visit, the audio guide included in the ticket is very useful. Also do not miss at least one of the audiovisuals, showing the immigrants stories, the boats etc... Very relevant in light of refugees, immigrant... More 

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Brunswick, Georgia, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

A most fascinating place. It amazes me what the people who wanted to enter the US endured in order to be allowed to live in tenement houses, on the prairie, in shanty towns, and bustling cities in this country. The story of their travails and triumphs is carefully presented through film, written material, displays and hands-on experiences. This is a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We enjoyed our visit to the museum, many interesting exhibits and helps to get an excellent understanding of the mass immigration into US and how all the different nationalities settled.

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San Francisco, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Beautiful place, especially in the winter, with snow on the ground! The museum itself is full of surprising historical information with amazing photos. And the best part is the Immigration Records office. For $7, we were able to dig up our ancestors' immigration records, with passenger/ship info of when they arrived from Italy and Germany to Ellis Island. The young... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

You get the entrance ticket once you buy your Liberty Island ticket. It was worth as a side trip to learn about the history of US immigration. You can read a lot of immigrant story and how they select the 'right immigrant' to the USA. It has a good historic value and a place where you can broaden your history... More 

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Dallas, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

If you want the experience of the immigration in the early 20th century and late 19th century this is of course the place. Also take with you the full and maiden name of your oldest living relative and you can even do a search there. Very cool place again audio tour and take all the time you want. Use the... More 

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Deerfield, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I was looking forward to visiting the Ellis Island Immigration Museum. I thought the introductory film was excellent. I was sorry to hear that some of the artifacts are still being refreshed ( due to the impact of Hurricane Sandy). The actual exhibits were interesting but not anything wow. What is wow-- from the description--is the hard hat tour. I... More 

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Fascinating place filled with stories and memories. Ellis Island is a key part of American history, and provides a nice contrast when combined with a tour to the Statue of Liberty. Lady Liberty is the idealistic view of America- a land where there is freedom, liberty, and justice for all. However, Ellis Island provides a more realistic view of the... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Fascinating structures and museum which tells the story of early immigrants to America.We were pressed for time and could not spend too much time reading the exhibits labels so it was a quick walk through. If you wish to do research on your family there is a genealogy section that allows one to research ancestry. Exhibits are well done and... More 

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At the southernmost tip of Manhattan, the Financial District is where New York City began as a center of commerce. Today, the historic streets and beautiful setting are complemented by museums, countless skyscrapers, and the heart of the Financial District, home to Wall Street and the New York Stock Exchange. Catch the Staten Island Ferry for an unbeatable view of the skyline and Statue of Liberty, or sail to Ellis Island to learn about the vital immigrant history of the city.
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