Ellis Island Immigration Museum

Ellis Island Immigration Museum

Ellis Island Immigration Museum
4.5
9:45 AM - 4:45 PM
Monday
9:45 AM - 4:45 PM
Tuesday
9:45 AM - 4:45 PM
Wednesday
9:45 AM - 4:45 PM
Thursday
9:45 AM - 4:45 PM
Friday
9:45 AM - 4:45 PM
Saturday
9:45 AM - 4:45 PM
Sunday
9:45 AM - 4:45 PM
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The Swiss Nomad
Lugano, Switzerland3,519 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Couples
Luckily we had some spare time during our visit to NY and decided to take a tour to the Statue of liberty and Ellis Island with state cruises.
The museum has been beautifully restored, it offers a comprehensive adventure starting from the beginning of the city's immigration history until the island was closed, explaining who arrived, what those people did for a living, how the city coped with the housing demand and so on.
Those stories were really inspirational to me, as they showed me that if you really want to improve your living conditions you have to take your chances and jump into the unknown.
Overall one of the best experiences of our 9-day trip.
Written March 15, 2020
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Peter S
Warwick, UK1,179 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
Visited Ellis Island after seeing the Statue of Liberty. Really interesting and insightful tour. You get the clear picture of how difficult it was for immigrants arriving in the US. To clarify that, if you were first or second class you didn’t bother with this. It was just for steerage, the poor people. At the museum you can read about the people that went through the process, you can see the tests they had to complete and the whole place is perfectly preserved.
Written January 27, 2020
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Brendan S
Arlington, VA2,033 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022 • Solo
I expected the Ellis Island visit to be mostly touring historical buildings. In fact, most of the buildings on the island are a dilapidated hospital complex that can only be toured on a special tour, and the main immigrant intake building that is mostly a shell, but houses a large immigration building. The first floor is the story of immigration to America. The second includes exhibits on the full immigration process at Ellis Island, and the third is about the history of Ellis Island and exhibits with immigration-related memorabilia (passports, ethnic clothing and trinkets, etc.). There are also thousands of photos and excerpts from diaries and interviews.

Because there’s little left of the building, which was abandoned and restored, there’s not much to see and tour as at a typical historic site. But a thorough visit of the museum could take all day, especially if you used the available audio guide or tried to read, see and listen to everything. It’s interesting and inspirational, since so many Americans can trace their families’ histories back to Ellis Island. But for that same reason, this immersive site can really suck you in for a lot longer than expected or planned.
Written July 4, 2022
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Simina31
Bucharest, Romania1,175 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
Fantastic museum which should not be skipped! So many people got off the ferry after they visited Liberty Island and this is just sad in my opinion. The museum offers a lot of information about American history, but also insights as to why people left their places of origin, and we enjoyed every part of it. Finding information, photos, passports, of people who left from our home country, Romania, was just the cherry on top.
Written June 15, 2022
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Frank R
45 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
Our visit to the island and museum was educational and emotional. I was particularly struck by the courage and hardship my ancestors experienced. I also was brought to tears by one section of the museum showing the extreme hatred and fear exhibited by the anti immigration factions in the very early 20th century peak years. This is a must visit trip and I hope to return.
Written January 8, 2020
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H M
New York City, NY36 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
Highly recommend the free guided tour provided at the Museum. Helps understand what immigrants experienced coming into the US through Ellis Island. The ranger shared interesting stories and provided good context. Tour timing are posted at the entrance hall and at the information booth.

The cafe/ restaurant has a nice outside patio to have a relaxing meal or coffee while taking in the sights of lower manhattan
Written September 27, 2020
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Merlin K
Chester, NJ105 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
The Save Ellis Island Hard Hat tour is an incredible look into the history of this country. We have been meaning to do this for quite a few years but my mother visiting from the UK gave us the push to do it. And it was certainly everything we hoped for.
Our guide, Fred, was clearly a majored with the reclamation project and passionate about the things that are being found. The two hours flew by. With a group of about 15 people we had time to ask questions and look around. There was no feeling of being rushed. It gave a real feel of what it was like and the hardship the immigrants had to cope with.
I will be back to do the photography tour. But even with the group I had the time to get some good photos - the amazing light through dingy windows just adds to the atmosphere. A photographers dream.
Written March 15, 2020
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Gafilpoo
Bluffton, OH483 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021
Just imagining the experiences of our ancestors who came through Ellis Island in the early part of the 20th Century was fascinating. This museum is set in the restored primary building, with many of the original tiles ceilings, stairs, etc. Great architecture. They tell the stories of millions of immigrants from all over the world, and share all the places they went to in the USA after passing through the rigorous tests put to them at Ellis Island. Many were actually sent back for a variety of reasons.
Written October 17, 2021
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Hale F
Oxford, MS452 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022
Taking in NY Harbor is well worth the time and money, particularly on a beautiful day. There is nothing like the awesome site of the statute of liberty. We were interested in the Ellis Island which has been beautifully restored. The photographic history and descriptions of those who came from aboard and settled in our country is well done and informative. The exhibits give you an idea of the difficulties they experienced where they were from and coming to American their ultimate success and celebration of becoming citizens. Come with identification information about your family and for a small charge you can determine if and when they came to Ellis Island.
The picnic area provides a relaxing spot to take in the harbor and city view.
Written November 8, 2022
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Jen Travels
Detroit, MI6,822 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021 • Family
This is an excellent place to visit on your way to Statue of Liberty.

It is beautiful inside and out with stunning architecture throughout.

You take the stairs up and enter, and then see a vast room with layers of balconies.

Very clean and shiny.

The floors are all very easy to walk on, and you get great views of the island and New York City from the windows.

In the back is tons of displays explaining all about the immigration history of this country.

You can also go up each floor for other various displays such as historic artifacts. Up on the higher floors, also explains about the other buildings on the island and what they were used for.

There are bathrooms on each floor, and elevators and stairs. The escalators were not working.

I paid for the medium level tour what did not include the hard hat tour. Apparently that takes you on a more in-depth tour and see things that the regular tours can't see. Of course it costs more money. I hope to do that tour next time.

There's also a gift shop on the lower level by the front entrance, with things such as Sglass suncatchers, magnets, stuffed eagles and buffalos, notepads and postcards.

Written August 14, 2021
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