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Reviewed January 15, 2020

Ellis island is not quite what i expected, we did it as part of the statue trip, as the boat goes there also so you can add it on for free.
It definately has lots of information, but it might take you 10 hours to read it all. Me and my prtner didnt want to spend the day inside reading, so we only did a quick visit as there wasnt much to see and was more to read. I think if you want to get the most out of it, you have to do the hard hat tour as many people rave about this. Great for a rainy day, but i wouldnt go back otherwise.

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank ChloeFradley
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Reviewed January 13, 2020 via mobile

I visited a number of years ago and it was ok. However really good and the audio tour which is included in the ticket is worth using. However if you want something extra book into the hard hat hospital tour the guide takes you around the hospital buildings this was 45 dollars but well worth it and lasts 90 minutes the money goes into the restoration of further rooms I thought it was well worth the money the guide was interesting.

Date of experience: January 2020
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Reviewed January 11, 2020

We had Statue Cruises ‘Reserve’ tickets on the first (9 am) ferry out of Battery Park. We spent more time here than on Liberty Island. The museum tells the story of human migration round the world, as well as the settlement of America over the centuries and the role of Ellis Island as a national immigration centre. There are thousands of photographs, videos, interactive displays, oral histories, personal belongings and other artefacts. A fascinating and thought-provoking, if long and tiring day with lots of walking/standing.

To get the most from your visit, do your research to understand what you can sensibly do in the available time - the museum's website (National Parks Service) offers helpful suggestions. Save time by watching the Island of Hope, Island of Tears documentary ahead of your trip. We would have loved to take a Hard Hat tour (need to pre-book), but couldn’t find the extra time for this. The introductory dynamic World Migration Globe exhibit was eye-catching and interesting, but overlong. The Ellis Experience is a ‘Day in the Life’ style tour which explains the immigration process with moving first-hand recollections, as well as reconstructions of a Hearing Room and Dormitory. There are three supplementary detailed ‘Journey’ tours. Some exhibits are chronological; others are theme based, addressing a different aspect of immigration. You need to follow the exhibits in the right order!! With hindsight we wished we had taken the free Ranger tour. There is also a free audio guide. The toilets weren’t the best. Massive queues and no seats at the café, so we gave this a miss. Boarding of the return ferry was busy and chaotic.

Date of experience: November 2019
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Reviewed January 8, 2020

I took the hard hat tour and highly recommend it! It was a much more intimate experience. But it involved quite a bit of walking

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank mverrault
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Reviewed January 5, 2020 via mobile

Amazing visit. Walked through processing of the immigrants. Fascinating. Learned so much. Wow! Definitely a must see. There is a restaurant and stores on site. Plan to spend the bulk of your Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island visit here. Well worth it. You will arrive by ferry.

Date of experience: December 2019
Thank 542sandyh
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