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  • Address: Ellis Island
  • Admission: US$12 for adults

The USA is largely a nation of immigrants, and no site underscores the fact more profoundly than Ellis Island. From 1892 to 1954 the island hosted the main immigration station for entry to America, processing more than 12 million third-class arrivals. Almost 50% of Americans have an ancestor who arrived here, having traveled on an often perilous journey across the sea.

Today the island is part of the adjacent Statue of Liberty National Monument. The Immigration Museum is housed in an iconic red-brick building built in French Renaissance style, which replaced the original wooden building that burnt down in 1897.

The museum brings the immigrant experience to life with a fascinating self-guided tour. Exhibits include photos, films, archive material, recordings, and the American Family Immigration History Center.

Practical Info

Ellis Island lies south-west off the tip of Manhattan in Upper New York Bay. The island is actually shared by the cities of New York and New Jersey. To visit Ellis Island, catch a Statue Cruises ferry from Battery Park in Lower Manhattan; first stop is the Statue of Liberty, followed by Ellis Island. The closest subway stations for Battery Park are South Ferry or Bowling Green.

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