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Ellis Island Immigration Museum

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Address: Battery Park and Liberty Island, New York City, NY 10017
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The museum is very informative and well documented. It is also a very big place and one does not have enough time to see it all if you also want to visit the Statue of Liberty... read more

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57 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

There is lots of good information, be prepared to spend a couple of hours to learn about immigration and the history of this place. I have been here a couple of times. I was disappointed to see an entire section closed for renovations (???). Also, the electric stairs were not working. We had to wait 35 minutes to pay for... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The museum is very informative and well documented. It is also a very big place and one does not have enough time to see it all if you also want to visit the Statue of Liberty. The audio tour is very helpful.

Thank mbzb2016
Crystal Lake, Illinois
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16 reviews
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We loved this - It was just enough of history combined with the beauty of the buildings and surroundings to keep both my 17 year old and myself interested.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The Museum presents the story of those who came through Ellis Island between 1892 and 1924. The displays are thorough, well-positioned, audios are available but............something was missing for me. Maybe, I thought, maybe it was because I'd read and studied so much while doing genealogy research over the last 15 years. Maybe that's why I was underwhelmed? I didn't find... More 

Thank midwest52016
Little Rock
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Loved it so much that I plan to return if I ever get to visit New York City again. Highly recommend visiting the museum and taking the "Hard Hat" tour.

Thank thisisgettingold
Argyle, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Without the audio tour there would be no way to get the full effect. You can wander around and read the plaques, but they did a really good job on the audio and it really amerces you in the experience. If you are an American whose family has been in the US for multiple generations this is a must do... More 

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Manchester, New Hampshire
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Went to see the statue of liberty then the ferry to Ellis Island by that time my legs were aching so much walking wish I was younger but I finally made it here wish I had time to research to see if my Grandparents made it to this port. The movie they showed us was fantastic would love to come... More 

Thank nancyirene
North Georgia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

I was not overwhelmed, which I thought I might be. There are computers you can get on to research...$7 for 30 minutes....although we were evacuated on Mother's Day due to a security breach...I think someone pulled the fire alarm. Lots of walking and reading to do. Take your walking shoes and be prepared to spend hours there to get a... More 

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Oxfordshire, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Getting a boat from Battery Park to The Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island proved very easy. My focus for this visit was the Museum at Ellis Island. I was amazed at its size - the Great Hall is vast. All around the gallery that overlooks it there are rooms filled with photos and notes which explain the procedure that... More 

Thank Liz H
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Ellis Island was a port of entry for millions of immigrants in the early 20th century. The museum immerses you into that experience. By the time you leave you know how they spent their first days in America. Take the guided tour, you can also use the voice self guided tour, and the theater presentations. The cafe is adequate, just... More 

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