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Ellis Island, New York City

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#3 of 116 in Historic Sites in New York City
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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  • Was an interesting spot to visit but after a long day around the statue of liberty... No chance to read all those information in the Museum. Some Interactive places catch your attention and that was.....  more
    Was an interesting spot to visit but after a long day around the statue of liberty... No chance to read all those information in the Museum. Some Interactive places catch your attention and that was.....  more »
  • Definitely make sure you stop here on the Ellis Island and Liberty Island stops. The building is magnificent and there is so much history and so many stories here, whether you have a personal... 
    Definitely make sure you stop here on the Ellis Island and Liberty Island stops. The building is magnificent and there is so much history and so many stories here, whether you have a personal...  more »
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  • The history behind this place. WOW!
  • ELLIS ISLAND what's up with your security guards???

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