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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
Traveler Favorite
Awesome
Our guide was the best. He made the tour worth it. It was cold and wet, however, it was worth every moment
Linda_R, Nov 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in New York City

star-5
Entertaining Guide
David_S, Nov 2021
Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island Tour
Good to be in a small group with our guide, Jim, being informative, funny and entertaining. Sufficient spare time given to explore Liberty Island - although COVID restrictions meant we weren't able to climb inside the Statue. Left to explore Ellis Island at our leisure.
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NYC Excursion!!!
Tomas_C, Nov 2021
NOW OPEN: Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, and 9/11 Memorial Pools Guided Tour
Our tour guide for the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, and Ground Zero Memorial Fountain was amazing! She was very dramatic and knew her NYC history well! I highly reccomend her as a tour guide. I was very impressed! Thank you Leanne Littlestone!!!!
star-5
Guide was excellent....
Rosemary_N, Nov 2021
Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island Tour
Guide was excellent. Complete history provided re Ellis Island and Statue of Liberty. Well-organized.
star-5
Awesome!
Kathleen_F, Nov 2021
Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island Tickets Roundtrip Ferry from NY
Seeing Ellis island & Statue of Liberty for the first time at 70+ was phenomenal! And the knowledge and enthusiasm of our tour guide made the experience all the more enjoyable!
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Amazing
Jessica_E, Nov 2021
OPEN: Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island Tour: All Options
Tour guide was amazing and very knowledgeable. Great tour! Great communication. It was nice to have the tour about the statue and Ellis Island before boarding the boat.
star-4
Sheree was a great guide
Deborah_S, Nov 2021
Early Access: First on the Island Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island
Our guide brought the story of the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island to life. She also explained the boarding process clearly and told us what to expect.
star-5
Reann fantastic guide to liberating trip
alex_r, Nov 2021
Early Access: First on the Island Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island
Our guide was excellant. Almost gave too much history. She must have given one hour on statue of liberty and another full hour on ellis island. She spoke with enthusiasm and from heart heart. Her name was something like Reann. She was way beyond expectation and made the event memorable.
star-5
AMAZING
Ysenia_O, Nov 2021
OPEN: Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island Tour: All Options
The whole experience was amazing and so was our tour guide David! He waited for everyone and was very knowledgeable about the Statue and Ellis Island.
star-5
My Memorable day
Vincent_E, Nov 2021
Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island Tour
The Ellis Island tour was incredibly interesting. Mr. Mike explained and narrated the story do good, that it got stalk in my mind.
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
Thumbs way up for this tour!
Joanie, Nov 2021
Early Access: First on the Island Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island
We had Christian, who was fun, extremely knowledgeable and kept things going. The Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island tour is amazing. Highly recommend it. Bring good walking shoes!
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.

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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