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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
US$44.00 per adult
Traveler Favorite
What An Awesome Experience!!
Amy was such a WONDERFUL tour guide! She was very informative and ensured we were OK during the tour.
Diana_D, Feb 2023

Recent reviews from experiences in New York City

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Great trip
Kathryn_W, Dec 2022
Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island Tour: All Options
Meeting point was easy, boats were over crowded. Didn’t sit down once while travelling on the boats. Felt sorry for family’s with small children or disabled people cause it was terrible. The tour guild was great well informative and interesting and both the Statue of Liberty and Ellis island was clean easy to get around and interesting.
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Excellent tour to Liberty and Ellis Islands.
Steven_K, Jan 2023
Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island Tour
Sarah, our guide, was superb! Knowledgeable, personable, and generous with her abundance of historical information. Lady Liberty shown in her finest. The Ellis Island Museum was spectacular.
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Worth the time and money!
Lisa_S, Jan 2023
Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, and 9/11 Memorial Pools Guided Tour
Vivian was amazing. She had so much information to share yet also gave me individual time to roam around the Statue of Liberty as well as Ellis Island. She was so interesting and you could tell she loves what she does.
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It was great! Had good...
Diyora_S, Dec 2022
Statue of Liberty Tour with Ellis Island
It was great! Had good time. There was a lot of people but it was good. Went to statue liberty and Ellis island.
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The artifacts and...
Kristen_S, Dec 2022
Private Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island Tour
The artifacts and graffiti on the walls at Ellis Island. Lady Liberty did not disappoint either! Would highly recommend to friends & look forward to going back again soon!
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Fun tour
GuillermoLopez_B, Jan 2023
Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island Tour: All Options
Our guide was an entertaining wealth of information about the Statue and Ellis Island. And he was very attentive to the guests, but did not feel intrusive.
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Amazing Tour!
Lorena_M, Oct 2022
Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island & Round trip Ferry
We had an amazing day visiting the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island! Our tour guide ,Leanne, was the best!! She really made our experience way more than we expected. She was so well informed and really helped us learn and appreciate what we were seeing. Thank you Leanne!!! I would recommend you pay a little extra and get the guided tour.
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🗽/Ellis Island tour with Tim
Steven_Y, Jan 2023
Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island Tour: All Options
Tim was our guide and made the 4 hour Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island tour unforgettable He was friendly, animated, super knowledgeable, and funny Tim especially brought to life for us what transpired at key moments during the construction and final unveiling of the Statue of Liberty. For example I will never see ticket tape parades the same way again! It was like having a 4 hour college class taught on site and in motion by your favorite teacher
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In credible Time
Nancy_B, Dec 2022
Statue of Liberty Tour with Ellis Island
Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island was amazing with all the history. The Statues and the pictures of the building
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Jared_M, Dec 2022
Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island Tour
Daniel or Broadway as he is, gave a most important tour of history of the United States sharing his own family experience. Touring statue of liberty and Ellis Island reminds us of our great history of non prosecution and finding a better life for ourselves and loved ones. Highly recommended
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Our tour guide Maya was...
Amanda_E, Jan 2023
Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island Tour: All Options
Our tour guide Maya was great. She was very informative. I enjoyed hearing all the history about the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island.
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Kept us in stitches!
Linda_W, Sep 2022
Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island Tour: All Options
Our tour guide was excellent. Very knowledgable and funny. Held our attention. Safety was the focus throughout the trip. Plenty of free time.
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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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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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