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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.
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.
"Little Syria, NY: An Immigrant Community's Life and Legacy," organized by the Arab American National Museum, Dearborn, Michigan, will be on exhibit in the dormitory galleries from October 1 through January 9, 2017. This exhibit focuses on the Arab immigrants who began to settle on Washington Street in lower Manhattan in the late 1800s. Their entrepreneurial spirit transformed the neighborhood, known as "Little Syria," into a thriving community lined with shops, restaurants and coffeehouses, each furnished with signs written in their native Arabic. There, Arab Americans raised their families, educated their children, worshipped in churches and mosques and gradually became part of the life of New York. The neighborhood was razed in the 1940s to make way for the Brooklyn-Battery Tunnel.
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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