Ellis Island

Top 1% of attractions in New York City
9 / 10

9 expert reviews

“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.”

– Concierge

"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
"One of New York’s most moving sights, the restored Ellis Island opened in 1990, slightly north of Liberty Island." Full review
Lonely Planet
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"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.
Travel + Leisure
"See America through the eyes of the 12 million immigrants that entered through Ellis Island." Full review
Time Out
"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
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