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Visiting Ellis Island

Visiting Ellis Island

The Ellis Island National Museum of Immigration is located in the Main Building of the former immigration station complex and tells the moving tales of the 12 million immigrants who entered America through the golden door of Ellis Island. Today, the descendants of those immigrants account for almost half of the American people.

Statue Cruises is the only company authorized by the National Park Service to provide ferry service to Ellis Island. Boats depart from Battery Park in New York and Liberty State Park in New Jersey.  

For ferry tickets and schedule information:

Call 1-877-LADY-TIX or Visit Statue Cruises

The Sites and Exhibits

   

The 45-minute audio tour, available in nine languages, invites visitors to relive the immigrant experience as if they were the "new arrival" and is ideal for individuals with limited time. Additional tour options describe exhibits in more detail via in-depth interviews with historians, architects and archaeologists. A special children's audio tour (ages 6-10) is also available in five languages.

The audio tour, included with each ferry ticket, can be picked up at the Antenna Audio desk on Ellis Island. 

For additional information to plan your visit, review the Museum Highlights page. Please see the National Park Service's Ellis Island website for details such as accessibility, visitor safety & security and operating hours.

    

 

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