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Ellis Island, New York City

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#3 of 117 in Historic Sites in New York City
History Museum · Hidden Gem · Landmark
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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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  • This was just an ok place to visit. We stopped because the ferry to the Statue of Liberty stops here. It's great because of the history but also a bit boring. 
    This was just an ok place to visit. We stopped because the ferry to the Statue of Liberty stops here. It's great because of the history but also a bit boring.  more »
  • There is no question - an incredible chapter of history with relevance that echoes to this day. But… the experience (at least as we had it) is badly broken. Pre paid tickets earn you an opportunity.....  more
    There is no question - an incredible chapter of history with relevance that echoes to this day. But… the experience (at least as we had it) is badly broken. Pre paid tickets earn you an opportunity.....  more »
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  • The history behind this place. WOW!
  • ELLIS ISLAND what's up with your security guards???

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