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
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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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travelinspiration
Dallas, TX251 contributions
Our family of 5 took a weekday 9am ferry recently (tickets in advance, best time to go!!) and the journey was very easy to both Statue of Liberty and then to Ellis. You only need max 30 minutes at Ellis unless tracing family history (which we didn't have), but if first trip to NYC it's a must visit/esp if love history! We had a private guide which made it even better (see review).
Written 4 August 2022
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phvi2617
Anaheim, CA360 contributions
There is a ton to see here. The exhibit on the first floor gives an overview of how and why people have come to America from 1500 to the present day. It's a little wordy, but very thorough and interesting.

The second floor explains more of the details about immigrating through Ellis Island, and those exhibits feature more artifacts and individual stories. Overall, a great experience learning about the story of American immigration.
Written 23 July 2022
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njt1993
Sheffield, UK164 contributions
This was one of the main reasons for our return trip to NY and we're very glad we came back. Ellis Island is an important part of America's history, as well as that of many other countries too.
We got an early ferry across which we were glad about as by the time we left it was starting to get really busy. It's a magnificent building and the restoration work is fantastic. There is so much to see, to read, to take in, the accounts of the people who passed through as well as the artefacts which are now exhibits.
A truly fascinating place, rich in history and the photos and words help to make you feel what it must have been like to be there at the height of the immigrants passing through.
At least 2-3 hours is needed and it's well worth it, something not to be missed.
Written 22 July 2022
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Namz
Paris, France138 contributions
Family
Was an interesting spot to visit but after a long day around the statue of liberty... No chance to read all those information in the Museum.
Some Interactive places catch your attention and that was helpful for our 2 years ol child to keep going.
Written 5 July 2022
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Elissa C
San Francisco, CA61 contributions
Definitely make sure you stop here on the Ellis Island and Liberty Island stops. The building is magnificent and there is so much history and so many stories here, whether you have a personal connection or not. There are so many exhibits, all worthwhile, and the audio tour is very informative. It has people who actually experienced Ellis Island telling their stories, which was fantastic.

I read about the ferry situation from other reviewers, and they are correct in that it is best to get there early, as in before 9:00 am. You also may want to head back on the earlier side, as the lines to get back on the boats get really long. We left from Jersey City which appeared to not be quite as crowded.
Written 3 July 2022
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Jan W
Canton of Vaud, Switzerland529 contributions
The building itself is very beautiful and full of history.
The museum is certainly very interesting but a lot of things to read and that in English, you need a good level of English and time.
Written 1 July 2022
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Angelo Z
Evant, TX200 contributions
Friends
Setting foot on Ellis island was a little emotional for me as many of my ancestors had walked these very steps over 100 years ago. Enjoyed the information the park service provides about the history and people that came though here , very educational. If your people entered though Ellis island I would recommend a visit to see the first stop on their journey to a new life.
Written 25 June 2022
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Joan L
Sevierville, TN120 contributions
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Sensational
Very educational
Sad but should still be in use for people to enter this country LEGALLY. Amazing family stories. Loved it
Written 15 June 2022
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socalukgirl
Diamond Bar, CA184 contributions
We actually didn't walk through Ellis Island but instead took the Ellis Island Hospital Hard Hat Tour. It was an excellent tour of the hospital grounds. We learned about the short amount of time people were actually on Ellis Island and saw some original rooms and tables etc. My daughter loved it. We had to get back on the ferry so we missed Ellis Island (my second time missing it). Maybe one day.
Written 12 June 2022
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Jonathan Chan
La Jolla, California, USA249 contributions
On the way back from the Statue of Liberty, the ferry stops by Ellis Island as well. I loved getting to explore the unique immigration history here, and spent the rest of the afternoon here. It's amazing to see the resilience and determination of the people who passed through here.
Written 5 June 2022
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