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Ellis Island Tours

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New York City’s Ellis Island was America’s busiest immigrant inspection station for more than 60 years, from 1892 to 1954. As the gateway for over 12 million immigrants to the United States, it processed more than 50 percent of the nation’s current ancestors. Today the island’s restored main building houses the Ellis Island Immigration Museum, part of the adjacent Statue of Liberty National Monument. The museum honors the US’s immigrant heritage, chronicles the island’s role in immigration history, and gives voice to the immigrants themselves.

The Basics
The Ellis Island immigration station’s original wooden building burned in 1897. Following its restoration in the 1980s, the red-brick building was redone in the French Renaissance style and reopened as the Ellis Island Immigration Museum. A 45-minute self-guided audio tour leads visitors 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 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.

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. 
  • Pro tip: 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 accessible.

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.

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. 

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.
Address: Ellis Island, 10004, USA
Hours: Open every day except Dec 25. Visiting hours are dependent on ferry schedules.
Admission: Entrance is free, although visitors must purchase ferry tickets.
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Recent Reviews from Experiences in New York City

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Good tour
Aneil_N
, Mar 2020
Very informative and interesting. Good explanation of the history and events for the designated tour.
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Frank was great
SMC
, Mar 2020
Frank was awesome and very knowledgeable. I had a 7 and 8 year old who asked him a lot of questions. He was very patient in answering them all.
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Statue of Liberty and Memorial and even Wall Street!
Shan_B
, Mar 2020
Great tour! Guide was very knowledgeable, just the right amount of funny and made sure we saw everything. Because of his advice I also got the best views of the Statue of Liberty on the boat, whereas if I had followed my own idea, I wouldn’t have had the same views. It was a well-paced and succinct tour and I’m glad I chose this on my last day in New York. Tickets including access to the pedestal on the Statue which gives you some amazing views of the city and surrounding islands. Great value.

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Frequently Asked Questions

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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What are Ellis Island hours of operation?
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Ellis Island hours of operation: Open every day except Dec 25. Visiting hours are dependent on ferry schedules.. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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Should I book Ellis Island tickets in advance?
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We recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your spot since Ellis Island can get crowded. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund. See all 119 Ellis Island tickets and tours on Viator.
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How much does it cost to visit Ellis Island 2020?
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Currently, an entrance ticket to Ellis Island costs USD 49.00. Guided Ellis Island tours start around USD 49.00 per person. See all 119 Ellis Island tickets and tours on Viator.
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