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Ellis Island Immigration Museum

Battery Park and Liberty Island, New York City, NY 10017
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Ranked #152 of 853 attractions in New York City
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Museums
Useful Information: Activities for older children
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suburbs of indy
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014 NEW

I actually come from a family of immigrants who came through Ellis Island and even though it was pretty cool to know I walked the same floors they did, it was not what I thought it would be. We did all you could do on the island. I thought we would be able to look at a registry to see... More

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Cleveland, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

Seeing the room where my great grandfather arrived was awe inspiring. Really enjoyed reading the plaques and information on display as well as seeing the artifacts. They also have an informational center where you can look up your relatives to see if you have a family connection with those that entered into the U.S. through Ellis Island.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

This place was cool, all the old artifacts and history made for a great day. Reading about the people that came through here and learning the history of the buildings and grounds was a lot of fun. Very humbling and makes you appreciate what you have today.

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Moscow, Russia
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25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

This was a good experience partly thanks to the tour guide who led us on a 30-min free tour. I would highly advise taking it! - visited just 2 main halls of the museum, but the narration was very thorough, touching, animated and fun! The guides' grandfather had entered America through these doors, so I felt like touching real history!... More

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Southampton, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

Advice go early in the morning as this place gets very busy. Also you need about 2 to 3 hours to explore it and see everything. We only had an hour because we were on a tour. Musuem is well laid out.

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Bismarck, North Dakota
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

Having visited Ellis Island twice this summer, I'm struck by how glowing most of the reviews are compared to the actual experience. My goal here is to explain how the average visitors can best make use of their time at this museum, because the several ways in which the administration, curators and staff of this site have gone out of... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

Ellis Island is a very interesting place, full of history! More that 2/3 of Americans can trace their history back to their ancestors arriving at Ellis Island! The museum is very interesting, showing pictures and very indepth information of the newly forming New York and its people and growing communities! Well worth a visit!

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McAllen, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

Amazing to be standing in the rooms where all these immigrants were processed. To read the history of the place and see the logs of the names, and just to stand there was amazing. Recommend.

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Kilcullen, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

As other reviewers have said, some artefacts are not on display as a result of hurricane sandy. However, I think the museum still represents incredible value when you consider your $18 includes your ferry ride and entry to liberty island. The Ellis Island museum is packed full of interesting facts, you could literally spend the day there, and it manages... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

I'm sure this is a great museum but it was disappointing for me because a LOT of the immigrant artifacts/photos were still on loan to other museums due to problems with the climate control.Still very interesting.If you are traveling with school age children stop at the information desk and ask about your child becoming a Junior Ranger.They will give your... More

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