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Ellis Island, New York City

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Historic Site · Hidden Gem · History Museum
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Hear the tales of the 12 million immigrants who passed through Ellis Island when it served as the nation's busiest immigration inspection station, from 1892 to 1954. The immigration museum, housed in the station's main building, reveals details about the immigrants who came to the island and the staff who worked there. You can view informative displays, a short film, photos, art, and personal artifacts. Outside the museum, read the wall of honor for a partial list of the immigrants processed here. Before boarding a ferry to the island, be prepared for a thorough security check; sharp objects and large bags are forbidden. Purchase ferry tickets in advance to avoid waiting in long lines. A visit to Ellis Island represents just the start of the adventure when you use our New York City trip itinerary planning app to plot your vacation.
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  • Our family of 5 took a weekday 9am ferry recently (tickets in advance, best time to go!!) and the journey was very easy to both Statue of Liberty and then to Ellis. You only need max 30 minutes at... 
    Our family of 5 took a weekday 9am ferry recently (tickets in advance, best time to go!!) and the journey was very easy to both Statue of Liberty and then to Ellis. You only need max 30 minutes at...  more »
  • There is a ton to see here. The exhibit on the first floor gives an overview of how and why people have come to America from 1500 to the present day. It's a little wordy, but very thorough and... 
    There is a ton to see here. The exhibit on the first floor gives an overview of how and why people have come to America from 1500 to the present day. It's a little wordy, but very thorough and...  more »
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  • The history behind this place. WOW!
  • ELLIS ISLAND what's up with your security guards???

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