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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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Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island Tour: All Options
Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island Tour: All Options
$44.00 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Beautiful Tour, made me love Lady Liberty even more!!
Finding my Grandmother’s travel and ship information when she immigrated to US. The staff at Ellis were very helpful with my use of the computer to find her. Our guide, Charles Meany, was wonderful with his information about how Statue was made and transported here from France.
John_H, May 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in New York City

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Beautiful clean island...
Ann_M, May 2022
Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island Tour: All Options
Beautiful clean island and efficient crowd control. Lots of opportunities for photos. Ms. Liberty was beautiful and we learned a lot in the museum. Our cabbie made us late so we never caught up to our tour. That didnt really matter as it turned out. Skipped Ellis island but good views from liberty island. Very windy
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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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Our tour guide, Nikolai...
Lisa_Y, May 2022
Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island Tour: All Options
Our tour guide, Nikolai (spelling?) did a wonderful job of sharing the history of Lady Liberty and Ellis Island. His charisma and personal experience made the tour extra special.
star-5
Funny and Historical
Julia_C, May 2022
Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island Tour
Jim was a hilarious guide! But also very knowledgeable, having lived in NYC for many decades! I loved seeing the Statue of Liberty and exploring Ellis Island.
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Very enjoyable experience
Lucy_P, May 2022
Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island Tour: All Options
Really enjoyed the experience. Out tour guides were very knowledgeable and enthusiastic which made the experience great. Just one small feedback point for when we got to Ellis island - I think we spent too long sat down and being talked at. It would have been better as a walking tour. However the information provided was great!
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New York Spring Trip
david_t, May 2022
Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island Tour: All Options
Wow! Finally got to Lady Liberty in all her glory. Ellis Island included in the trip was very informative.
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Great tour review 👍
Mary_N, May 2022
Early Access: First on the Island Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island
Our tour guide Christian was amazing! Love that he knows the history of both the statue of Liberty and Ellis island and shares with enthusiasm! We thoroughly enjoyed our day.
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Great tour
Brenda_M, May 2022
Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island Tour: All Options
Mia was an amazing spokesperson. Her wealth of knowledge and humor made the tour better. The facilities were clean. Everyone was very friendly and accommodating to our handicap family member.
star-5
Overall great experience
Nicole_R, May 2022
Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island Tour
Our guide Marc did an amazing job! Lots of history and very personable. Great experience ordering from viator app.
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Wonderful day!
eggsterb, May 2022
Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island
Our tour guide, Rob, was fabulous! He was knowledgeable and theatrical and absolutely engaging! We learned SO much and we were thoroughly entertained! Highly recommend!
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Great Trip
William_M, May 2022
Early Access: First on the Island Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island
The Guide Rob was a fountain of knowledge and made the trip really interesting. Would definitely recommend this trip
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Our tour guide, Allison...
Benjamin_R, May 2022
Early Access: First on the Island Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island
Our tour guide, Allison was so friendly and knowledgeable! The process was easy and directions were clear

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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Ellis Island
Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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