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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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Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island Tour: All Options
Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island Tour: All Options
$44.00 per adult
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Amazing
It was a wonderful and beautiful tour that we enjoyed and learned a lot of useful information. Thank you❤️👍🏻😍🥰
khamis_A, Aug 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in New York City

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Beautiful clean island...
Ann_M, May 2022
Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island Tour: All Options
Beautiful clean island and efficient crowd control. Lots of opportunities for photos. Ms. Liberty was beautiful and we learned a lot in the museum. Our cabbie made us late so we never caught up to our tour. That didnt really matter as it turned out. Skipped Ellis island but good views from liberty island. Very windy
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My Guide was not just a Guide.
Sherrie_L, Aug 2022
Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island Tour
Daniyel Hunt. Is an outstanding Guide, Historian. Informed, Knowledgeable. Engaging, I would have loved taking history if he had taught me. I’ve learned so much about the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. Will do it again.
star-5
Tour guide was excellent, enjoyed the experience
Brad_E, Aug 2022
Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island Tour
Crossing right in front of the statue for a great photo op. Visiting Ellis island seeing where my family came here was moving
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Tour guide is better than solo
Mayra_S, Aug 2022
Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island Tour: All Options
We personally think that its better to have a tour guide because at the Statue of Liberty we had one which btw was great and the whole experience better but at Ellis Island we decided to go solo and we was kinda lost the whole time there.
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Statue of Liberty & Ellis island
Kim_T, Aug 2022
Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island Tour: All Options
Our tour guide was pleasant, knowledgeable and made our visit to Statue of Liberty and Ellis island memorable. Using a tour guide helps you move through the crowds faster and is such an efficient use of time when visiting crowded and popular sites.
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Bucket List- ✅ ask for Matt!
Robert_H, Aug 2022
Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island Tour
Matt, our tour guide was awesome and made the trip even better. Clearly he had mastered the great history or Liberty and Ellis island and shared it with great passion and enthusiasm. Highly recommend this. “Must Do” tour and request Matt if possible to maximize your enjoyment.
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A must see!!
Roger_H, Aug 2022
Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island Tour: All Options
My family and I experienced an amazing tour of Liberty Island and Ellis Island via ferry boat ride. I highly recommend this excursion and if possible, have tour guide Charlie Meany lead the way. Charlie is very personable and extremely knowledgeable of both islands rich history.
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Great Tour
Sapriya_C, Aug 2022
Early Access: First on the Island Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island
Great Tour guide - Rob Cardazone. He was very educational and engaging. The added bonus was sharing his immigrant story about his family through Ellis Island. Also provided good tips and tricks to navigate the crowds.
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Everything was very good,...
Joanne_L, Aug 2022
Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island Tour
Everything was very good, or guide was amazing she told us the full history of the Liberty Lady and Ellis Island. We really did enjoy this beautiful place.
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Great tour
Brenda_M, May 2022
Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island Tour: All Options
Mia was an amazing spokesperson. Her wealth of knowledge and humor made the tour better. The facilities were clean. Everyone was very friendly and accommodating to our handicap family member.
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Great trip!
Raymond_T, Aug 2022
Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island Admission Pass in New York
With the Viator tickets we had ease of access and wonderful experience of history. Overall we enjoyed ourselves immensely!
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Beautiful one
Lisa_R, Aug 2022
Early Access: First on the Island Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island
Just finally being there at the statue of liberty was a great time and memorable taking photos looking at how beautiful she really is
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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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Ellis Island
Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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