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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
$44.00 per adult
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Learning something new
Very educational tour, worthwhile even though we were not able to tour the base or statue itself. All this time I thought the Statue of Liberty was on Ellis Island. Appreciate Brian’s personal touch, also willingness to take photos of all the tour families!
Marshall, Jul 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in New York City

star-5
A must see attraction in NY!
Francisco_R, Mar 2021
OPEN: Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island Tour: All Options
Covid-19 precautions are still in effect on the tour which is great because NY was hit pretty bad compared to other states. The tour was excellent, we met our guide at Battery Park and hopped on the fairy after that. The weather was dreary but not cold at all, the statue views were amazing and Ellis Island was an unforgettable experience! Overall awesome!
star-5
Best way to see Lady Liberty!
Jose_P, Jul 2021
Early-Access Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island Tour
We had an amazing time on our visit to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. Our tour guide, Alvaro, was kind, knowledgeable and well organized. We didn't feel rushed through the sites. Would recommend to anyone who's considering visiting NYC.
star-5
Statue and Ellis Island tour
Amie_D, Jul 2021
Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island Tour
Debbie was a very fun and knowledgeable tour guide and the history was so very interesting. I would definitely do this again and give myself more time for Ellis Island
star-5
Beautiful, inspiring and lovely.
Carmella_M, Jul 2021
OPEN: Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island Tour: All Options
The vast knowledge of my tour guide and my experience on Liberty Island was awesome. I've learned history I never knew of on Ellis Island and I promise to return again with my friends. 👏
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
Fun, fun, fun
Mark_D, Jun 2021
Skip the Line Private Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island Tour Ticket
James was great. Simply a joy to spend the day with as his knowledge of Liberty and Ellis Island is impressive.
star-5
Awesome
Felix_Rodriguez, Jul 2021
OPEN: Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island Tour: All Options
Walking through the halls of the building at Ellis Island was enlightening , but would liked to had seen the medical wards
star-5
Great short trip
Alison_F, Jul 2021
Early-Access Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island Tour
The tour was great and informative. It was nice to hear the stories and get more information about Liberty and Ellis island. I would recommend it!
star-5
A Great Tour for Those Who Want to Know the Historic Details and Stories of the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island
Monica_H, Apr 2021
Skip the Line Private Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island Tour Ticket
Our tour guide James was personable and full of fascinating information. He provided us an extensive series of historic facts and stories about the Statue of LIberty and Ellis Island that made the places come alive. We felt fortunate that we had him all to ourselves in a private tour. He is a treasure.
star-5
Excellent experience
Kathy_B, Mar 2021
Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island Tour
Our tour guide Jim was full of knowledge and did not hesitate to keep the mood positive and upbeat. We wore masks and practiced social distancing. We felt very safe
star-5
VIP treatment!!
Abel_O, Mar 2021
New York Helicopter Tour: Manhattan, Brooklyn and Staten Island
Have your camera ready after they briefly go over safety protocols you get a snapshot with the sanitized helo behind. You start off with a birds eye view of lower Manhattan, Brooklyn, Statue of Liberty, Staten Island and circle back up north along the Hudson River to see the rest of the NYC. No seat is a bad seat with floor to ceiling windows which is a plus the pilot guides through famous landmarks and local points of interest.
star-4
Great tour
Angel_b, Jul 2021
OPEN: Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island Tour: All Options
Brian was very knowledgeable and entertaining. He did a fantastic job. Wish we could have gone up to the crown.

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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