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Ellis Island, 10004

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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
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Long queues but got...
Long queues but got through quickly enough .. very enjoyable trip to liberty island and Ellis island
BarbaraAnn_S, Dec 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in New York City

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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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Long queues but got...
BarbaraAnn_S, Dec 2021
OPEN: Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island Tour: All Options
Long queues but got through quickly enough .. very enjoyable trip to liberty island and Ellis island
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Best trip with Joe
Juli_A, Dec 2021
Early Access: First on the Island Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island
Joe, our tour guide was phenomenal! He had a great personality and I enjoyed learning all the history he shared with us. I also found out I have family members who came through Ellis Island, which made it much more personal. Thank you Joe for your hospitality!
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Worth it!
Anita_J, Dec 2021
Early Access: First on the Island Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island
Our guide, Joe was knowledgeable, fantastic and a great story teller. Learned so much about the statue and Ellis island. We’ll worth it!
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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!!!!
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Would recommend
Madeleine_L, Nov 2021
Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island Tour
Jeff was a fabulous and knowledgeable tour guide! Even though it was freezing, he persevered and continued to deliver a well rounded and interesting tour of both Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island.
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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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Breathtaking into history
Susan_D, Dec 2021
OPEN: Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island Tour: All Options
The experience is absolutely amazing I recommend everyone when they go to New York to visit liberty Island and Ellis Island
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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.
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Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island Tour with Fabulous Tour Guide,Tim
Lenore_R, Dec 2021
OPEN: Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island Tour: All Options
Seeing the State of Liberty up close for the first time was such a powerful experience I will never forget, & having the opportunity to visit Ellis Island, where my grandmother & great-grandmother came to America from Italy was so incredibly poignant. Our tour guide, Tim, was fabulous! He was extremely knowledgeable & shared so many interesting & poignant facts with us. It was a truly amazing experience.
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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.
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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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