Ellis Island

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8 expert recommendations



Roughly 12 million immigrants passed through this island as they entered America from the late 1800s through the mid-1950s, sometimes at the rate of thousands a day.


Fodor's Tick Choice

The island's main building, now a national monument, reopened in 1990 as the Ellis Island Immigration Museum, which is divided into four major exhibit areas. Full review →


Frommer's 34

One of New York’s most moving sights, the restored Ellis Island opened in 1990, slightly north of Liberty Island. Full review →


Lonely Planet Tick Top Choice

An icon of mythical proportions for the descendents of those who passed through here, this island and its hulking building served as New York’s main immigration station from 1892 until 1954. Full review →

To get the most out of your visit, opt for the 50-minute self-guided audio tour.

Michelin Guide 54

Ellis Island is situated about halfway between lower Manhattan and the Statue of Liberty in New York Harbor. Full review →


The Telegraph

Free ranger-guided tours take in the Baggage Room, the "Peopling of America" exhibit, and the remarkable 30-minute documentary "Island of Hope, Island of Tears" in the theatre room. Full review →


Time Out 70

Trace the history of U.S. immigration with a visit to the three floors of objects, photographs and interactive displays housed on the famous island next door to Lady Liberty herself. Full review →


Travel + Leisure

See America through the eyes of the 12 million immigrants that entered through Ellis Island. Full review →

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