Ellis Island

Ellis Island, New York City: Hours, Address, Ellis Island Reviews: 4.5/5

Ellis Island
4.5
Historic Sites • Points of Interest & Landmarks • History Museums
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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Visitors can retrace the steps of their ancestors at this famous landing point that welcomed millions of immigrants to the United States.
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Travon M
12 contributions
Good experience
Aug 2021 • Family
Had got tickets to go to the statue of liberty and you got to go to ellis Island to that was a good experience ellis Island is the building where the imagination had to go to get checked out before they can enter the United States/ New York
Written 7 September 2021
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blairkk25
New Jersey2,395 contributions
Great experience - get the first ferry
Aug 2021
I visited Ellis Island in August 2021. I bought my ferry ticket online the night before. I took Exit 14C on the New Jersey Turnpike and arrived at the parking lot at about 7:20 am. Parking costs $7. The ferry building opens at 7:30 am and the security line for the first ferry opens at 8:30 am (the security is very strict and airport-like). I took the 9 am ferry to Ellis Island. There were only 20 people onboard and the trip takes about 10 minutes. I then visited the Ellis Island Immigration Museum for 3 hours (a separate review). I recommend starting out early as it is less crowded. Later on in the day it was very crowded. I also wish they did a better job of enforcing the mask requirement during the ferry trip. Anyway, it was a great experience.
Written 20 August 2021
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Jennifer B
Detroit, MI5,563 contributions
Beautiful stop on the tour!
Aug 2021 • Family
This is a must-do while visiting Statue of Liberty.

A lot of people recommend to visit this before Statue of Liberty, and I did not do it first, but I would definitely agree. That is if you want pictures with less strangers in them.

But it was never super crowded in there or outside.

We paid for the middle tour, which did not grant us access to the other buildings. That is called the Hard Hat tour and you get to see things that the lower tours do not let you see.

I would still say it was a very good time as it was phenomenal to be able to see exactly what the immigrants saw when they first got here. And it's crazy to learn about all the other buildings and what they were used for.

It's hard to understand exactly what it must have been like for people coming here for a better future until you're actually in a place where they came for that better future.

The immigration museum is full of beauty from the architecture to the layout on the inside, to the landscaping.

Very easy to get around.

Definitely think that you should pay for the tour that includes Ellis Island, even if you don't pay for the most expensive tour.

Written 14 August 2021
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Travelfarbarbie
Delaware163 contributions
The Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island
Jul 2021 • Family
Excellent time for our family (12 & 9 year old boys). You can just buy a ticket and go to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island but we choose to book a tour with Get Your Guide. So
lucky we had Sara L. She told such excellent stories through the entire excursion that kept both of the kids interested. She provided excellent tips as to which side of the boat to sit on for the best pictures (right side when you are leaving Battery Park).
Written 14 August 2021
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roj1281
Houston, TX377 contributions
Great museum and lots of history to learn about
Jul 2021
I really enjoyed going through Ellis Island. There is a place where you can look up your ancestors to see if they came through Ellis Island, it is paid but worth it if you are interested. The exhibit that showed what it was like for an immigrant to come through Ellis Island was amazing. They have an exhibit on what immigration is like today, which I thought was lacking but overall there is a lot to learn and see at this museum, don't miss it.
Written 11 August 2021
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Vicky Silve
Abbadia Lariana, Italy291 contributions
History
Jul 2021
I recommend in particular to my fellow Italians to visit Ellis Island, as, among the immigrants who came to NY seeking for fortune, there were many Italians. We should never forget this part of our history, and this is the right place, with the emotions it elicites.
Written 19 July 2021
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Jeffrey Koslowski
Canton, MI580 contributions
Lot of Reading but Worth It for the Experience
May 2021
We bought the ticket to get here from Statue City Tours (the only one that drops you off). We got on from Battery Park where there is a screening area similar to any airport. The cruise takes you first to the Statue of LIberty. I'm not sure if you have to get off the boat even if you don't want to go to the statue but we did and saw everything on Liberty Island.
We got back on the ship which took us then to Ellis Island. The experience alone of being on a ship, sailing toward the State of Liberty, and then arriving at Ellis Island is a powerful way to connect many people with their ancestors who might have done something similar. When you get off and go to the main building, there are essentially three main exhibits you can see. The first is essentially the history of immigration before Ellis Island. This is a TON of reading and very few if any artifacts. If you read everything, this will take you a long long time. Teachers will love it but I can't promise the average visitor would.
Going upstairs is where they have the rooms setup as they would have appeared when Ellis Island was in operation. You will see everything from medical examinations to money exchanges to where you would go if they are questioning whether to send you back or not. This part is probably the most important part of what you will see so spend some time upstairs.
There are smaller exhibits scattered around. Some are open and some are closed due to Covid (the research area for your own family history was closed). There is a section about people's responses to immigrant groups coming in (anti-immigration which is a major subject still to this day) as well as the positive attributes that immigrants to this country bring.
The gift shops are nice but can close early so if you want anything and are on the afternoon rides, you might want to shop first. Once you are done, you board the ferry in the same way you did at the Statue of Liberty. This may not be the most glamorous destination you will see on your tour of New York City but it is one of profound importance. If you have a few hours, you should carve some of that out to see this.
Written 7 July 2021
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AndyB5542
Minneapolis, MN3,645 contributions
Great historical spot
Jul 2021 • Friends
Ellis island is a great place to learn the history of immigrants coming to America. The building has a lot of exhibits and displays, and you can look up any of your ancestors that came to the US through Ellis Islamd.
Written 1 July 2021
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Kelly A
Declo, ID43 contributions
A memorial to our immigrant ancestors!
Jul 2021
Beautifully restored site with great interpretive museum displays. I noticed the historical account of the Mormons was not exactly accurate, but the museum still tells the compelling story of how we all became Americans and the courageous souls who came as immigrants. For those with ancestors who came to Ellis Island, it's a special place to walk where they did and understand their experiences.
Written 1 July 2021
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Mano Tours
New York City, NY38 contributions
Ellis island during COVID-19
Jun 2021 • Solo
This place is the foundation of American History.
Through these doors, millions of Europeans became Americans and had a better life in this country.

I believe that if you want to know the future, you need to understand the past. And what is a better place to do so than Ellis Island.
Written 24 June 2021
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