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Ellis Island

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Ellis Island, 10004

The Basics

Explore the Ellis Island Immigration Museum on a 45-minute self-guided audio tour through exhibits including photos, films, archive material, and recordings. Additional audio tour options describe exhibits in more detail via in-depth interviews with historians, architects, and archaeologists. Visitors can also book a private tour of Ellis Island to maximize their experience and understanding of the sight, or a combo tour of Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty.

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OPEN: Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island Tour: All Options
OPEN: Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island Tour: All Options
US$44.00 per adult
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Statue of Liberty.
Owen was awesome! He was very knowledgeable. We both really enjoyed the day. The sights were amazing.
Rodney_B, Oct 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in New York City

star-5
Wonderful tour!
Diane_C, Oct 2021
Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island Tour
Marc was a great tour guide. With visiting the Statue and Ellis Island he kept us on track and provided valuable information - most of it unknown to us. Great value.
star-5
Interesting and informative
MARLENE_A, Oct 2021
Early-Access Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island Tour
Ellis island museum was very informative. It was very well done and believable. We enjoyed th Statue of Liberty, taking pictures and visiting the gift shop.
star-5
Highly Recommend
Tina_P, Oct 2021
OPEN: Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island Tour: All Options
This was a great experience and Casey was an amazing tour guide. He combined history with humor and you could tell he really loves his job. He kept everyone together without making us feel like we were being herded around. Not having to look for or wait for other tour members really maximized the time we were able to spend on Liberty and Ellis Islands
star-5
Great first visit
Marc_G, Oct 2021
OPEN: Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island Tour: All Options
Hearing details about the Statue of Liberty from our guide Tony Di Sante brought it to life. Seeing the buildings on Ellis Island made me wonder about my own families immigration here.
star-5
The experience of a lifetime!
Robert_Z, Oct 2021
OPEN: Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island Tour: All Options
It was a great experience to share with entire family. We learned so much about the Statue of Liberty and Ellis island. I would recommend it to everyone.
star-5
Great tour of the Status of Liberty
Kelly_G, Oct 2021
OPEN: Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island Tour: All Options
Casey was a phenomenal tour guide - we loved this tour. He was so knowledgeable and made it really fun! We learned a ton and enjoyed close up pictures at the Statue and from the boat. We skipped the Ellis Island part since we had a lunch to attend, but they were very flexible and we still got a lot out of this tour. Highly recommend.
star-5
Great tour in the financial district, good combination with Liberty island
Renate_P, Aug 2021
Wall Street Tour with Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island Ticket
I can absolutely recommend this tour if you are interested in finance/trading/Wall Street/financial district. The guide told a lot, shared interesting information and details, and explained everything very well. He took the time to answer questions and was able to answer all the questions. I had a great time. After the Wall Street tour, the visit to Liberty and Ellis island is a nice, relaxing trip that you can do in your own time. It’s a great combination.
star-5
So fun and educational!
Breanna_M, Jul 2021
NYC: 9/11 Memorial Museum Tickets & Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island Tickets
Our tour guide was so enthusiastic and knowledgeable about the sites. I really liked how we got to go and explore on our own for a bit. I just wish we had more time at Ellis island and Liberty.
star-5
Memorable tour!
Dan_W, Oct 2021
Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island Tour
Marc gave us a great tour of the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. Tons of history and interesting stories with a great sense of humor. I would highly recommend this tour.
star-5
KC you rocked this tour!!...
Becky_F, Oct 2021
OPEN: Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island Tour: All Options
KC you rocked this tour!! Very knowledgeable about Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. all the pictures were very helpful.
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Spanish Tour
Sheryl_M, Oct 2021
Statue of Liberty Tour and Ellis Island
The tour company changed the time of our tour and put us in a Spanish- speaking tour. We don’t speak Spanish, so that was a very odd thing to do. However, our guide Manuela, did an excellent job in ensuring everything she said to the group, she repeated to us in English. Constantly switching between the two languages could not have been easy.
star-5
The facts about Lady Liberty and our forefathers.
Hussein_Z, Oct 2021
OPEN: Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island Tour: All Options
Lots of good and new information that replaced some of the inaccurate facts that we had before. My tour guide Nicola was very knowledgeable about the history and the facts surrounding the statue and the two Islands. We enjoyed the tour tremendously.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • The 45-minute audio tour is available in nine languages and included in the cost of a ferry ticket.

  • An audio tour for kids aged 6 to 10 is also available in five languages.

  • Ellis Island can be seen up close, for free, from the deck of the Staten Island commuter ferry (though passengers can’t get off at Ellis Island).

  • Ellis Island and ferries to it are fully wheelchair and stroller accessible.

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How to Get There

Ellis Island lies off the southwest tip of Manhattan. To visit Ellis Island from New York City, catch a Statue Cruises ferry from Battery Park in Lower Manhattan. The first ferry stop is the Statue of Liberty, followed by Ellis Island. The closest subway stations to Battery Park are South Ferry (1 train), Whitehall Street (R train), or Bowling Green (4 or 5 train); the M5, M15, and M20 buses stop as South Ferry as well.

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When to Get There

Weather permitting, Ellis Island is open every day of the year except December 25. Ferries run from 9:30am to 3:30pm, with later departures in the summer and around holidays. Once on the island, you can stay until the last ferry departs, which changes seasonally.

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Portraits at the Museum

Ellis Island hosts a number of temporary exhibits. Past highlights include New Americans: Photographs by Jill Enfield, featuring 30 wet collodion photographic prints of contemporary immigrant portraits. There is also a small glass house of immigrant portraits made from antique windows that Ellis Island visitors can enter.

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