Ellis Island Immigration Museum

Ellis Island Immigration Museum

Ellis Island Immigration Museum
4.5
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Neighbourhood: Downtown Manhattan (Downtown)
How to get there
  • South Ferry • 5 min walk
  • Whitehall St – South Ferry • 5 min walk
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evy
Stockholm, Sweden5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Solo
I followed the standard tour with start at Battery Park to Liberty Island (do a little walk there) then go to Ellis Island (did the museum) then took the ferry back to Battery Park.

This tour is really worth the money!
$ 24.50 for the ferry trips and entrance to the museum.

Interesting museum about arrivals at Ellis Island and immigration to the US. The museum was easy and logical to visit with the free audioguide machine (pro-tip: take 3.5 mm wired headphones, it makes it way more comfortable to listen)
Written 12 September 2023
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ELKW
United States11,866 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Family
it's quite big, and very informative, it has lots of exhibits to see, you will know more about the immigrants at that time, worth to take a look
Written 7 July 2023
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Kuvasz1988
Saint Paul, MN1,157 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Friends
This was my second visit and was still shaken by the experience. I researched my grandmothers entrance here in 1923. The staff was somewhat rude but I not let that deter me. I found what I needed. There is a charge to search which I believe should be free!
Written 9 May 2023
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Gerry D
Winnipeg, Canada56 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Solo
This museum gives a good insight into the experience of many immigrants who made the journey to the United Sates of America. The arrival hall has been refurbished and there are rooms giving particulars of different aspects of arrival from health, to mental testing, sleeping arrangements, marriages, births, rejections, social services etc. and a display of the belongings people brought with them. The photos of the immigrants are also interesting to view. The ferry ride provides a good view of the Statue of Liberty and the skyline of New York.
Gerry, Winnipeg
Written 10 April 2023
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stockdale83
London, UK302 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Couples
A must visit to understand how America was created and how much people suffered in the process.

Very emotional and beautiful building, you can easily spend 2+ hours there learning about America's history
Written 7 April 2023
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Mark L
Evans, GA507 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Couples
Really good place to get a sense of how most people came to the USA and how they suffered to get in. Lots of pics and sound bites to tell you the story. Part of the City Cruise to the Statue of Liberty
Written 24 March 2023
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Raymond Abeltun
Trondheim, Norway479 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
The kind of museum that you have to visit. That said the museum in itself feels like a missed opportunity for a great museum.
Some cool info, but its lacking in variety and depth.
Written 8 March 2023
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jclaresparkle
Glasgow, UK36 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023 • Couples
Visited the island & museum as part of the ferry trip to this & liberty island.
Ellis island museum is a great visit if you are interested in the history of migration to US. The building itself is amazing, you can feel the history as you walk through. The exhibitions are brilliant, telling the stories of the people & communities that travelled to America throughout history.
You can spend a good few hours at the exhibitions.
Written 28 February 2023
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Hale F
Oxford, MS431 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 8 November 2022
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Robinmolieres
28 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
A group gathered and grew, mimute by minute, in the immigration, listening to Park Ranger Douglas Treem who recounted histories not only of the immigrant arruivals, but of the immigration processing officers. Their job was not to keep people out but to encourage them in and they often went to extraordinary lengths to integrate new arrivals into established NY communities.
Mr Treem spoke at great length and with such passion, humanity and humour, that we were all hanging on every word. He brought the hall, and the experience of all who passed through, to life. Thank you so much.
Written 31 October 2022
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