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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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Very Interesting museum loads of history!

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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Dallas, Texas

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Dallas, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 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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Thank Wendy R
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

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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Indiana
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

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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Cleveland, Ohio
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This was a pretty cool little trip. I loved the large memorial outside where you could find your family's name, however the museum was a little spread out and sparse in parts. I heard they are rennovating and I'm hoping that there is more to see now.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

A wealth of history about the movement of people not just to the USA but around the globe. Exhibits are interactive which drew my kids in and prompted an entire family discussion. Our Grandparents and great grandparents passed thru those halls. How incredible it is to imagine what they endured so generations could live the American Dream. Well done renovation... More 

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Wool
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A wealth of information in a beautifully restored building, hard to imagine what it must have been like for immigrants back in the day!

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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It is one of the most evocative places I've visited. They've got stories and pictures from the time when it was in use, that will pull at your heartstrings and really make you understand what it was like for the immigrants coming through here. Can't recommend it enough.

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Reading, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The museum has been re-done after the Hurricane in 2012 and they've done an excellent job. In the entrance hall of the museum is probably the best thing I've ever seen in a museum - a spinning globe telling the story of human migration and the main migration routes since the beginning of humans' journeys around the earth. The ground... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This place was amazing I did not have enough time so I picked a few places to run round to learn what I can It was thought provoking at the history of the place well set out I was fascinated by the luggage that was given The food eateries was expensive The toilets were clean I hope they fully open... 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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