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Ellis Island Immigration Museum
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Reviewed June 17, 2014

The boat ride by the statue of liberty was worth it alone. It allows you to see NYC skyline from a wonderful perspective. However, the museum itself could be little better. It is a wonderful history lesson. As you walk through the complex you get to hear stories from people who came through there. Lots of fun primary source letters. It could be much improved if they had actual artifacts from 1800s (or at least more of them).
If you have a child that is studying US history - it is a great accompaniment to their coursework.

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Reviewed June 15, 2014

We were the first ones there. It was awesome. There is a lot to see. They have done a very nice job preserving the history. You can also go into the back and research your own history.

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Reviewed June 15, 2014

The building is magnificent! Being in the large hall lets you imagine what my grandfathers felt when they first arrived. You were given a headset to listen at your own pace. There is a history area that you can search for your family and get a certificate. Anyone who has had a relative come through Ellis Island should not miss this for the world. Displays were great. A park ranger was demonstrating a puzzle that was given to folks to see if they could think and solve it without getting angry. Very fun!

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Reviewed June 15, 2014

What a somber place to visit. The wall of names featured my grandfather's name. The park area offered some of the most beautiful views of the City. Gorgeous pictures with wonderful stores. A treasure!

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Reviewed June 14, 2014

I thought I would enjoy Ellis Island more than I did. I love genealogy and some history. I thought it was good, but not a must do. The building itself and the "grand hall" upstairs is fab. The rest of it...the entire downstairs 601 exhibit on the audio tour was just a history that kept repeating itself in each section. The kissing wall on the lower level was nice. If you do the audio tour make sure and listen to that section. As well as the entire upstairs. When you sit down on the benches, there is a laminated piece of paper scattered randomly around the benches and at the two pulpits...this gives you a list of audio tour numbers to plug in. I thought this part was fabulous! It tells individual experiences of the people who went through (medical tests, sanity tests, exercise, what they thought when they first arrived, etc.)

If I returned I would go straight upstairs and listen to the entire audio on that laminated sheet and then leave. That would truly give you the experience I was hoping for.

Do not under any circumstance eat the food at the cafe here. It was pretty horrendous. Just grab snacks off the boat if you're starving because it was barely edible. Beautiful views outside.

I would recommend 1 hour at this location.

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