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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
Statue of Liberty
Our tour guide was awesome! Getting to see the statue up close and learning it’s history was an amazing adventure.
Amanda_L, Jan 2022

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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Seeing the statue up...
Barbara_C, Jan 2022
Early Access: First on the Island Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island
Seeing the statue up close was amazing. Also, searching for relatives on Ellis Island. The tour leader was exceptional.
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Amazing experience
Ashley_G, Jan 2022
OPEN: Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island Tour: All Options
We had an amazing tour guide and he was able to explain both monuments in such great detail and was very engaging the entire time. We had a blast! The overall trip took about 3 hours or so and you can finish exploring Ellis island once the tour is over.
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An absolute must visit
mitra_r, Jan 2022
Early Access: First on the Island Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island
It was worth every penny. Though the weather was extremely cold, my family adored the tour. From standing to the Statue of 🗽 to visiting the Ellis Island, every moment of tour represented what this incredible nation is about. An absolute must for every one. The tour guide was also kind and helpful.
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Do it!!
Chas_I, Jan 2022
OPEN: Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island Tour: All Options
Great tour. James was awesome. We did bail out before the Ellis Island tour because it was bone chilling cold. Thank you, James.
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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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Wonderful!
John_D, Jan 2022
OPEN: Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island Tour: All Options
We loved Fabrizio! I can't imagine touring Liberty and Ellis Island with anyone else. It was a freezing day but one would not have known, Fabrizio took care of us and kept us entertained.
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Very informative your.
NeliaV_P, Jan 2022
OPEN: Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island Tour: All Options
It was very a chilly your, temperature in low to mid 20’s and very chilly wind, but it's won't it to see the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island.
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NYC Excursion!!!
Tomas_C, Nov 2021
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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I found the tour guide to...
Susan_B, Nov 2021
OPEN: Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island Tour: All Options
I found the tour guide to be very organize! Jorja was very knowledgeable, personable, and safety conscience. It was a great experience!
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New York Helicopter Tour: Manhattan, Brooklyn and Staten Island
Whitney_M, Oct 2021
New York Helicopter Tour: Manhattan, Brooklyn and Staten Island
We arrived 30 minutes early before our reservation time which is a must for check in, waiver forms and safety protocols. The staff was friendly and professional. The ride was very smooth and great pilot as he gave us history about the boroughs.
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Crucial Stories Told By a Pro
The_S, Jan 2022
Statue of Liberty Tour and Ellis Island
Our tour guide, Jorge, was animated, knowledgeable, and an excellent speaker and storyteller. As someone who has been made to study pedagogy, I can say that he and his subject, of course, are top quality and fascinating. We were not able to enter the statue or pedestal, which we were told currently requires reservations well in advance, but otherwise, this was everything we could have wanted from a tour of the statue and the islands.

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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