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Ellis Island Immigration Museum
Ellis Island Immigration Museum

Ellis Island Immigration Museum

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Battery Park, New York City, NY 10017
(212) 561-4588
https://libertyellisfoundation.org/immigration-museum
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Take a journey back in time when you visit the Ellis Island Immigration Museum. You experience life just as if you were one of the 12 million immigrants that came through the Ellis Island's golden ... Read more
door to America. You have the ability to enjoy a 45 minute audio tour in one of nine languages, and if your children come along, there is a special children's tour in five different languages. The museum also offers a self guided tour that chronicles Ellis Island's role in the history of immigration and includes many different artifacts, such as prints, videos, prints, photographs, oral histories and interactive displays.

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Playa del Carmen, Mexico

This is somewhere anyone interested in the history of immigration in both New York and America should visit. I have visited several times not and find it fascination. You get to walk through the building that so many people passed through when they first arrived in America. It is both informative and harrowing as so many people didn't make it onto the mainland, or even make the journey.

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Asbury Park, New Jersey

The best tourist attraction in NYC. Take the ferry from Battery Park to photograph the Statue of Liberty (No point getting off) and continue on to Ellis Island. The Audio tour is sublime.

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Ambler, Pennsylvania, USA

Very inexpensive to tour the statue of liberty grounds and ellis island. I was able to purchase 1 adult and 2 children tickets for less than 40 dollars. The ferry ride to and from was nice, and some great photo ops. Ellis island is a place of such historical and cultural significance to our ancestors. Being able to sit and walk through the same doors as my great greats was a pretty amazing experience. Unfortunately not as many artifacts are on display due to damage caused by hurricane Sandy but very much still worth the visit. The immigration now exhibit was very informative and educational to my children and myself as well. They did a wonderful job explaining through self guided audio tours. Some of the information was repetitive however, but you are able to skip through. Def worth a trip if you're in the ny area

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Local from New York City, New York State, USA

A visit to Ellis Island is included with all tickets to Statue of Liberty, but many people don't even bother to get off the ferry. It drives me mad to see that happen, because all of the history is actually at Ellis Island and there is SO much of it. This museum is jam packed with history and information. It is fascinating and inspiring and so important. The South Side of the island, which is somewhat accessible via hard hat tours, is incredible and worth a visit if you can manage it.

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Cape Town, South Africa

Ellis Island and the museum was fabulous! Parts of the exhibit made use of contributions from families of photos, keepsakes etc which gives it a very personal feel. The building has been restored authentically.

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Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA

Spend time here and look at the well thought out exhibits. You can learn a lot. Make sure to make your way to the top floor and see the exhibits on immigration today

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West Covina

The Ellis Island Museum is pretty nice. There are a couple floors to check out and explore and learn!

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This is a must see for everyone that hails from an immigrant family! Just to walk through the registry hall and know that millions of souls have passed over the very tile floors you stand upon. Then go outside and find your family name etched into the granite wall and feel closer to those who paved the way for you!

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Torrington, Connecticut, USA

There is a rather somber atmosphere there, but that can't be avoided. I love the facilities and the resources. It gets more interesting every time I visit. I love to look for family names on the wall as well.

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Los Angeles, California, USA

A historically-rich museum full of interviews by immigrants and the stories that brought them to America. It's so important to learn about the history of America, and immigrants are an integral part of what America stands for today.

It's also freee!

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Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
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I visited Ellis Island on a class trip when I was a kid. As part of our experience we were all processed as if we were immigrants arriving in America! Interesting place to see, especially if you have family members who entered the county through Ellis Island but otherwise I wouldn't necessarily go out of my way to go out there to visit unless you have a specific interest in it.

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Provo

Historic monument for anybody with immigrant heritage. Worth seeing and honoring the legacy of those who went through this building as they pursed the American Dream.

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San Jose, California, USA

Its an interesting place... not nearly as breath taking but just as equally historically rich with the stories of the immigrants who have walked these very grounds. Though I would suggest going on a day that is not too humid... its hard enough trying to focus without the heat to dull my mind.
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Check out if all parts are opened after Sandy. If they are, go for it.

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Stanton, California
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Burns, Kansas
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