Ellis Island Immigration Museum

History Museum
Ellis Island, Jersey City
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  • Brandon
    "Worth the trip to get a glimpse of your ancestors steps."(7 Tips)
    John B.
    "... check it out after the Statue of Liberty."(5 Tips)
    Holly H.
    "The audio tour is a must if you don't go on a guided tour"(7 Tips)
    Sarah L.
    "museum is still dealing with the effects of Hurricane Sandy"(5 Tips)
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  • Stephanie G.
    Stephanie Ge3 weeks ago
    Cruise to Statue of Liberty + Ellis Island. I thought the Immigration Museum was the best part.
  • Alexander K.
    Alexander KostSeptember 30
    Very informative and inspirational
  • Apostolos S.
    Apostolos SamarasSeptember 15
    Lots of history!
  • Jesse A.
    Really wild to see all the history. Definitely worth a visit.
  • kommercial k.
    Awesome Awesome Awesome
  • Ronny O.
    Great museum with lots to see and do
  • Sara .
    Really interesting and well curated museum.
  • Monica E.
    Best audio tour in all the city, with all emotions on it
  • Duffee M.
    Duffee MaddoxApril 21
    Been here 5+ times
    Take the hard hat tour! Worth the $45 day of to go over to the part of the island not open to the public. Very cool experience. Avoid the cafe.
  • Tyler J.
    A must for any history nerd. Learn that legal immigration built America, and differentiate the amazing stories of these brave souls from the delinquents today.
  • Bettina K.
    Bettina KastMarch 18
    The mother of US customs. They turned it into a really nice and educational museum. If you want to see all plan in several hours and wear good shoes.
  • Hollie S.
    Many people skip this but we had such an enjoyable time learning more about Ellis island
  • Diana P.
    Diana PardueFebruary 25
    Been here 100+ times
    Huge museum, don't expect to see it all in a day.
  • Jacques R.
    Jacques RavooOctober 21, 2016
    If you book a guided tour you will totally enjoy it. They know so much.
  • Paolo L.
    Paolo LimSeptember 27, 2016
    Don't miss the opportunity to trace your ancestors' immigration history in the US.
  • Paulucha
    PauluchaSeptember 2, 2016
    It was awesome to see it after being in Gdynia immigration museum - the other side of Ellis Island - in Gdynia people started their journey to USA.
  • Renee K.
    Renee KoppelmansAugust 28, 2016
    Dont try to do everything at once. Take your time and go early! Take the first or second ferry over and it's not too crazy busy
  • Tylzia M.
    Tylzia MooreAugust 19, 2016
    I like the interactive tours. A great place to take kids to learn their country's history.
  • Nate S.
    Nate StonecipherAugust 16, 2016
    Incredible piece of history. Everyone should come here at least once!
  • Lau J.
    Lau JamilisAugust 13, 2016
    It's really interesting and the audio guide is awesome to explain the process of immigration, and how was the experience of the people in different cases
  • John B.
    John BoothJuly 7, 2016
    Really good museum, save a good amount of time to check it out after the Statue of Liberty.
  • Josh A.
    Josh AntonioJune 12, 2016
    Loved learning about the history of the imagrants and the journeys they took.
  • Jeff R.
    Jeff Reine 🌧June 11, 2016
    Poignant exhibition
  • Diego F.
    Diego FJune 1, 2016
    You can spend three hours easily there. Eye-opening
  • Simone P.
    Simone P.May 12, 2016
    Mmmh nothing special, just historical site...
  • Ken S.
    Ken StuczynskiMay 6, 2016
    First floor had almost nothing to do with the actual place (general education), but the second and third floors were impressive.
  • Bryan D.
    Bryan DavisMay 1, 2016
    Make sure to allow enough time to see the diverse exhibits.
  • Foodiespr
    FoodiesprApril 30, 2016
    Big part of American History
  • Foodiespr
    FoodiesprApril 30, 2016
    Ready for Ellis!
  • Paul D.
    Paul DunnApril 15, 2016
    Very informative and beautiful
  • Anthony Z.
    Anthony ZacharzewskiApril 12, 2016
    If pressed for time, spend it here rather than at the Statue of Liberty. Amazing and moving.
  • Lizzie H.
    Lizzie HatfieldMarch 13, 2016
    Informative, but you'll only enjoy this if you're a history lover or if you have a personal connection to an immigrant that passed through Ellis Island.
  • Evandro G.
    Evandro GussiFebruary 3, 2016
    Very good place.
  • André C.
    André CherinJanuary 21, 2016
    Beautiful museum that tells the story of millions of immigrants. Really amazing.
  • Brad H.
    Brad HagerDecember 31, 2015
    Incredible history. Very educational. I HIGHLY recommend a few hours here. Get the audio tour, very informative.
  • Lee L.
    Lee LawrenceDecember 13, 2015
    Donald Trump could use some schoolin' here
  • Elena
    ElenaNovember 12, 2015
    The hard hat tour of the unrestored hospital complex is a must. Humbling and surreal.
  • Emiliano S.
    Emiliano SeveroniOctober 27, 2015
    Great museum, a piece of history of America and of all the people that came there from all over the world in the first half of last century.
  • Denise H.
    Denise HSeptember 29, 2015
    Look for your ancestors on the wall outside.
  • Pebbles T.
    Pebbles The Citrus PupSeptember 26, 2015
    nice museum!
  • JL
    JLSeptember 14, 2015
    Little small not so special. But interesting.
  • Srijan C.
    Srijan ChakrabortySeptember 9, 2015
    Learn how this land became the country of immigrants. You can easily spend 3 hours here. Very Informative
  • Leo N.
    Leo N-BAugust 23, 2015
    The museum is OK-ish, but the boat ride from Battery Park out to the island is worth the trip. You don't have to stop at the Statue of Liberty.
  • Nikki B.
    Nikki BrowneJuly 23, 2015
    Very historic
  • Some G.
    Some GuyJune 13, 2015
    This place is cool
  • Erika
    ErikaJune 4, 2015
    Imperdível! 😍
  • Brandon
    BrandonJune 1, 2015
    Worth the trip to get a glimpse of your ancestors steps. There isn't a physical log book with the names. You can find it all online.
  • Hilary T.
    Hilary TomenyMay 30, 2015
    Wish they'd told us half the museum isn't even on display right now
  • AJ J.
    AJ JacobsMay 25, 2015
    Ellis Island is a must see for anyone interested in learning about their cousins.
  • Paco M.
    Paco MD FACSMay 18, 2015
    What can I say, if you are looking for your #Immigrant roots, this is the place to be
  • Estela V.
    Learning and appreciating
  • Erik B.
    Erik BrokMarch 17, 2015
    Don't skip out on this. More interesting than the statue of Liberty if you are even a little interested in history. Audio tour is good.
  • Chris N.
    Chris NixonMarch 8, 2015
    Interesting place, awesome history. Many items normally on display have not been returned after Hurricane Sandy.
  • Eva
    EvaDecember 19, 2014
    A must see, obviously.
  • Wen Z.
    Wen ZhengDecember 18, 2014
    Nice here...very impressive ...
  • Jen B.
    Jen BorusOctober 12, 2014
    Be sure to go to the research room with computers to look up your own immigrant ancestors (warning -they only allow 30 minutes). Also, use the advanced filter option to narrow the search!
  • Michael L.
    Michael LambertOctober 8, 2014
    Beautiful architecture. Don't miss the registration room!
  • Paul S.
    Paul SmithOctober 5, 2014
    Great museum... Great pics of the skyline from outside
  • Jimmy K.
    Jimmy KastnerSeptember 5, 2014
    Look for your surname on the plaque outside.
  • Sarah L.
    Sarah LambinoAugust 23, 2014
    Sadly, the museum is still dealing with the effects of Hurricane Sandy
  • Olivia P.
    Olivia PritchettAugust 22, 2014
    I thought it was great and everything but I was EXTREMELY surprised and disappointed that none of the artifacts in any of the exhibits were there due to Hurricane Sandy.... -__- 😠
  • Sheila T.
    Sheila ThomsonAugust 10, 2014
    The optional extra clips on the audio tour are excllent.
  • Mooney M.
    Mooney MjAugust 9, 2014
    Very crowded museum. If wanting records, it's the same website and price to print them at home.
  • James C.
    James CAugust 8, 2014
    Great museum. With awesome exhibits. Check out the computers of the registry.
  • Ryan R.
    Ryan RossAugust 6, 2014
    Be warned. Whilst the waiting hall (pictured) is impressive, as is the view of Manhattan from the island, the exhibitions themselves are heavy on the reading. Go watch the presentation though.
  • Michele L.
    Michele LecknerAugust 4, 2014
    Be advised, if you buy the high dollar drinks on the boat you better drink them before getting here. No drinks or food allowed inside. Other than that, very cool museum
  • Holly H.
    Holly H.July 30, 2014
    Most of the artifacts are still in storage since hurricane Sandy. The buildings are gorgeous but be prepared to read a lot. The audio tour is a must if you don't go on a guided tour
  • Nahid
    NahidJuly 9, 2014
    Interesting but has more telling than showing.
  • Jennifer L. S. W.
    Snooze. Words. More words. Listen or read. No artifacts. :(
  • Elethia M.
    Elethia M.February 8, 2014
    Bring your own snacks!!!... Right now food selection is limited and expensive...
  • Daria
    DariaJanuary 12, 2014
    Almost all exhibitions are closed after Sandy :( No better time for visit
  • Joel T.
    Joel TortorielloDecember 16, 2013
    Absolutely amazing
  • The Corcoran Group
    The Corcoran GroupJuly 16, 2013
    Still currently closed from Hurricane Sandy damage, and not likely to reopen until 2014.
  • a blissful life.
    a blissful life.April 5, 2013
    Definitely worth every penny to walk through this historic building!
  • Social N.
    Social News NetworkNovember 29, 2012
    A visit to New York City must include a tour in Ellis Island Immigration Museum. The history is just a ferry ride away from the city and a priceless experience.
  • Elton J.
    Elton JulianNovember 8, 2012
    Ellis Island Immigration Museum
  • LLOYD L.
    LLOYD LLOYDNovember 6, 2012
    #NonstopNYC Ellis island is awese!!
  • Gabriel S.
    Gabriel SantosOctober 17, 2012
    Boring. You can find better places.
  • William H.
    William HohSeptember 30, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Free water in the cafe. They have BOTH still water and sparkeling water.
  • Untapped Cities
    Untapped CitiesSeptember 28, 2012
    Did you know that Ellis Island used to be home to a fort called Fort Gibson. Read more
  • The Foodster File
    The Foodster FileAugust 21, 2012
    Super Informative
  • mystady.com (A-C)
    mystady.com (A-C)August 7, 2012
    The way the light comes through on the second floor makes it the perfect spot for taking portraits. Remember, you don't need flash! #PhotoTip
  • Joshua C.
    Joshua ContoisJuly 14, 2012
    Been here 50+ times
    Most people pass over this place on their way to the statue. Be sure to spend some time and discover the historical role of the island both in terms of immigration and national identity.
    NYC-ARTSJuly 11, 2012
    This museum tells the tales of the 12 million immigrants who entered America through the golden door of Ellis Island. Be sure to take a day to check it out! Read more
  • Dee Phunk
    Dee PhunkJuly 8, 2012
    Every couple of hours, the theater shows a very informative immigration documentary narrated by actor Gene Hackman. A prime opportunity to catch a 45-minute nap.
  • Jenna B.
    Jenna BurdettJune 16, 2012
    We're in New Jersey. Kay thanks.
  • Taylor N.
    Taylor NessMay 29, 2012
    3 hours is too much. Can be boring after a while. Food is way overpriced.
  • Gaby F.
    Gaby FloMay 28, 2012
    Wander through the Registry room and you’ll hear the echoes of hundreds of different languages of immigrants who came through these doors to a better life.
  • Rashida A.
    Rashida AmahtullahMay 24, 2012
    Her native american art and arab art is up for a bid starting at $1mill. Also like my facebook page. My group was formed to Unify against poverty, racism and violence
  • Rashida A.
    Rashida AmahtullahMay 24, 2012
    She appeared on the show "Upfront" by Gayle King in New York. She also sold one of her paintings to Sammy Davis Jr. around that time.
  • Rashida A.
    Rashida AmahtullahMay 24, 2012
    the Ambassador for Arts and Culture registered in Washington D.Cs', US State Dept. water and acrylic paintings was appraised back in 1985 at 20g
  • Rashida A.
    Rashida AmahtullahMay 24, 2012
    http://wiki.answers.com/Q/Who_is_Vilmadinah_GharibVi-Madinah Gharib is
  • Washington Square Hotel
    This museum is the symbol of the American immigrant experience. A must for those interested in US history.
  • Jake S.
    Jake SmithMay 20, 2012
    Take a moment and observe the building itself, because it is a gorgeous example of Gilded Age architecture. Absolutely magnificent.
  • Vladimir R.
    Vladimir RaevskiyMay 15, 2012
    Great museum! Breathless was my walk there. Don't forget the audioguide
  • Erika N.
    Erika NagamineApril 11, 2012
    If you like the history of US immigration, go to see this museam! I found some people of my family on a list of immigration!
  • Pierluigi V.
    Pierluigi VaccaneoMarch 20, 2012
  • Jan S.
    Jan SichermannFebruary 12, 2012
    In 1907, Ellis Island experienced the busiest single day in its history, when 11747 immigrants were admitted to the country within less than 12 hours.
  • Alberu
    AlberuDecember 21, 2011
    A must see for history fans or should I say for all american citizens?
  • Robb F.
    Robb FriedlanderDecember 5, 2011
    Could spend all day! Take the Ferry from jersey rather than Battery Park.
  • Team Coco
    Team CocoOctober 26, 2011
    "Ellis Island is home to the immigration museum, which you can reach by ferry or flimsy homemade raft." - Conan O'Brien
  • Diana P.
    Diana PardueOctober 23, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    New immigration exhibit will open October 27, 2011
  • Gust S.
    Gust SievertOctober 22, 2011
    Go find your relatives there...
  • New York Habitat
    New York HabitatOctober 4, 2011
    This fascinating museum gives visitors a great insight into what life was like 100 years ago. Walk where your ancestors once walked and see if you can find your last name in the immigrant database!
  • Fare Buzz
    Fare BuzzSeptember 29, 2011
    The second stop on your Lady Liberty tour and the one you'll want to allot plenty of time for. Check out the interactive displays and see where over 12 million immigrants came through.
  • Diana P.
    Diana PardueSeptember 29, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    New exhibit opening Oct 1 on Alcatrez
  • Gabor B.
    Gabor BarnaSeptember 20, 2011
    buy your tickets online
  • Vernon W.
    Vernon WellingtonSeptember 16, 2011
    Burgers in the Ellis Island Cafe are good! Now the issue is how I keep TJ away from my fries...
  • Gianfranco B.
    Gianfranco BarberaSeptember 13, 2011
    The Collection of Hine social phtographs is great
  • IWalked Audio Tours
    IWalked Audio ToursSeptember 5, 2011
    Port of entry 1892-1954. 40-50% Americans can trace their roots to ancestor who arrived here. 12-17MM people passed thru here. Less than 4% persons denied access due to illness. More info via our blog Read more
  • Glafira Elena C.
    Glafira Elena CarrAugust 14, 2011
    The audio tour here is just amazing. Very informative, interesting, and inspiring.
  • Howcast
    HowcastAugust 11, 2011
    Want to continue to explore your family's past? Learn how to delve further into your ancestry with this video! http://ow.ly/60GcI Read more
  • Nick A.
    Nick ArcherAugust 8, 2011
    The audio tour was worthwhile for $8.
  • Smithsonian Channel
    Smithsonian ChannelJune 24, 2011
    Approximately 40 percent of all Americans can trace their lineage back to at least one ancestor at Ellis Island. In total, 12 million immigrants first arrived stateside here. (From Aerial America) Read more
  • Patricia D.
    "Is this a city on Earth, or a city in Heaven?"
  • Antonio R.
    Antonio RodriguezNovember 15, 2010
    A lot of history here.....Maybe you will find yours.
  • Matthew K.
    Matthew KolkenSeptember 26, 2010
    Kolken & Kolken Immigration Lawyers 716-854-1541 http://www.kolkenlaw.com
  • Daisy T.
    Daisy TSeptember 21, 2010
    Jersey sux
  • Rourry
    RourryMay 26, 2010
    Just like any other museums. It told stories about US immigrant peoples, a long long time ago :D
  • Dra C.
    Dra ChristienitzMay 16, 2010
    fascinating view...
  • colleen b.
    Food here is great. Lots of organic options
  • Lindsay G.
    Lindsay GrandFebruary 12, 2010
    because one trip is not enough.
  • Dan M.
    Dan MancoSeptember 25, 2009
    Night visit was amazing.
  • CrisyFrank
    CrisyFrankSeptember 17
    Asegurate de tomar una audioguia para hacer la experiencia aun mas inmersiva.
  • Ilaria M.
    Ilaria MauricFebruary 11
    Vorrei che qualcosa del genere ci fosse anche in Italia. Il museo è ambientato nel luogo che per decine di anni ha accolto o respinto milioni di migranti. Di fatto racconta gli USA. Bellissimo
  • Jose Manuel V.
    Lugar mágico y lleno de historia, perfectamente diseñado para una experiencia totalmente confortable para el turista.
  • Alejandro G.
    Alejandro GuzmánJuly 7, 2016
    Excelente museo, redacta muy la manera de vivir de los miles de inmigrantes que pasaron por la isla.
  • Fernando R.
    Fernando RamírezJuly 4, 2016
    Es un lugar historia por el caso de la inmigración no sólo en Estados Unidos sino en el mundo. Honestamente si no te interesa mucho el tema sería mejor que te lo saltaras.
  • Adilene N.
    Adilene NhFebruary 3, 2016
    Interesante !
  • Daniel L.
    Daniel López AldunateJanuary 30, 2016
    Recorran las habitaciones del segundo piso del museo.
  • Artyom R.
    Artyom RyabovJanuary 28, 2016
    интересно побывать и можно потратить и час и 2, особенно если ходить в местное кино, кафе и по окрестностям, так что статую лучше отдельно.
  • Jorge P.
    Jorge PadillaSeptember 8, 2015
    Te remontara al pasado y te hará vivir una experiencia única sabrás como era el ser un europeo pobre recién llegado a América un museo muy interesante incluido en tu viaje a la estatua de la libertad
  • Cristo L.
    Cristo LeonAugust 30, 2015
    Un excelente museo que recuerda la historia de todos los inmigrantes a USA
  • Vicente M.
    Vicente MartinezAugust 25, 2015
    Una gran cantidad de habitaciones que visitar. Si paras en Ellis Island, hay que ver este museo.
  • Jesus E.
    Jesus EnanoJuly 23, 2015
    Me gusta el lugar. Tiene mucha historia sobre inmigrantes en busca del sueño americano.
  • Cyn R.
    Cyn RochaJuly 23, 2015
    Me encantó. Mucha fila para entrar. Poca galería en el Museo.
  • Daniela R.
    Daniela RiquelmeMarch 7, 2015
    Muy bueno para aprender sobre inmigrantes.
  • chiara
    chiaraFebruary 19, 2015
    Lampedusa, la nuova Ellis Island 😨
  • Alexei L.
    Alexei LeskinFebruary 17, 2015
    Практически все экспонаты вывезены из музея после шторма Сэнди
  • Alan x.
    Alan x el mundoNovember 6, 2014
    De los sitios más emotivos de NY. 12 millones de inmigrantes pasaron por este sitio antes de ser admitidos (o rechazados) en los Estados Unidos.
    Upvoted Sep 17
  • Milena L.
    Milena LoureiroAugust 17, 2014
    Quem compra o passeio pra Estátua da Liberdade, na volta, pode passar por Ellis Island. Só cuidado para não confundir os barcos, pois tem um que vai para New Jersey.
  • Aprendi
    AprendiMay 7, 2012
    Anita, una de nuestras viajeras, nos cuenta que aquí se encuentra mucha historia sobre los primeros inmigrantes de los EE.UU. ¿Pudiste encontrar la de tus ancestros? Cuéntanos en Aprendí. Read more
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