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Ellis Island Immigration Museum

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Address: Battery Park and Liberty Island, New York City, NY 10017
Phone Number: 212-883-1986
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Of the two historic places, I prefer National Museum of Immigration to Liberty Statue. The first time we visited the museum was in 2004. we liked it a little. Interestingly, we... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed October 5, 2015
Fresno, California

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Fresno, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2015 NEW

Of the two historic places, I prefer National Museum of Immigration to Liberty Statue. The first time we visited the museum was in 2004. we liked it a little. Interestingly, we liked the museum better each time we came back to visit. There were many changes in the way the museum displaying its exhibits and presenting the information now that... More 

Milton Keynes, UK
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 112 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2015 NEW

Having been recommended this tour I took the ferry to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. There was no entry charge for the island museum but you have to pay $18 for a standard adult ferry ticket. The museum building is primarily made up of rooms with pictures and text boards. You can use the audio system provided but... More 

Phoenix, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2015 NEW

I learned much from the film and artifacts displayed. There were so many photos from early immigration, where they came from, why they chose where to settle, early life adjusting in the USA. Expect queue lines because you may have to wait to get back on a ship.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2015 NEW

An amazing place with an inspiring history. It was surreal to re live the start of so many new lives.

Gillingham, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2015 NEW via mobile

We visited in October 2015. The museum has just completed a major overhaul of its air conditioning system following Hurricane Sandy 3 years ago. Following the flooding of Sandy many of the exhibits are still away from the museum undergoing damage restoration. With that said we watched the 30 minute video in the theatre covering the history of Ellis Island.... More 

Cape Cod, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2015 NEW

Very interesting piece of history. Watch the free video. The exhibits were good, easy to walk around, got a little redundant though. If you want to look up any relatives it costs $7.00 and it takes some time. You can get here from the ferry to the Statue of Liberty. Very crowded, but manageable . Things move quickly.

Clermont-Ferrand, France
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2015 NEW

We visited this attraction while taking the statue cruise of both the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. Not only did this island have great views of downtown NYC but the museum was surprisingly interesting as well. I did not think it would be as captivating as it was but I was thoroughly impressed with the historical nature and content... More 

Emerson, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2015 NEW

I'm in my 70's and would here my parents talk about the " family" coming over .. A few at a time and of all ages and it is hard to imagine what was going on on those over crowded ships. The museum allows you to drift back and get a glimpse of what it was like for these folks.... More 

Santa Rosa, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2015 NEW

The ferry ride from Battery Park to Ellis Island is short. First the ferry stops at the Statue of Liberty then it heads over to Ellis Island. Whatever your plans might be for the day you are visiting Ellis Island make sure you leave several hours to walk the exhibits and the museum. The audio tour is informative. We stayed... More 

Northampton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2015 NEW

A place where you can learn how the US was actually made, by immigration and a melting pot of cultures that should be celebrated. It is a sad building with stories of the difficult arrivals of people coming from places in war and poverty, but it also shows promise and the dream of a better life coming true for some.... 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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