A visit to Ellis Island Immigration Museum - When you go all the way to see Statue of Liberty, which requires serious security checking, don't forget to visit Ellis Island, located at the mouth of the Hudson River in the New York harbor, on your way back.
You may wonder what is so much to see there. Ellis Island Immigration Museum is the most important place to see there. It is one of the main tourist destinations of the tourists visitingNew York.
If you can spend about 5-6 hours for the combined trip of Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island you will have enough time to see everything there.
If you are interested only to see Ellis Island the tour takes about 3-4 hours.
The immigrants who entered US during 1852 to 1954 through New York port gateway (twelve million immigrants)were legally and medically inspected at Ellis Island. At the Historic Research Center of the museum details of thousands of family names, with their origin and other vital records are available.
The admission to the Museum is free, however purchase of a ferry ticket is needed to access the Museum.
Ellis Island Records - As you get inside you can see the Great Hall at Ellis Island Immigration Museum, which was once with rows of chairs filled with immigrants waiting for long hours for their inspections. On the second floor you can see the room where visitors to walk through the process that immigrants went through when arriving at Ellis Island.
The statue of Annie Moore, the first immigrant processed at Ellis Island on January 1, 1892 was a gift from the Irish American Cultural Institute, can be seen. The last person to pass through Ellis Island was Arne Peterssen, a Norwegian merchant seaman in 1954.
Whether you visit as a family or a Couple another important thing to see here is The Immigrant Wall of Honor, a circular monument containing 200,000 names commemorated by their ancestors.
Ellis Island Museum offers visitors a chance to see what coming to America meant through film, archives, photos, recordings and the aura of the Great Hall.
In addition to the above, you can enjoy these -
1. You can see a free 30 minute documentary film on "Island of Hope, Island of Tears" about the immigrant experience on Ellis Island.
2. Free 45 minute tours "Ranger Guided Tours" on Ellis Island's history.
3. If you are keen to see an audio tour lasting for an hour, you have to part with $8.
4. For families with small children (5-12 years), you can enjoy a 30 minute, interactive play with live actors.(Tickets $6 )
If you have no time to visit Ellis Island, visitors taking the ferry from Battery Park will get a great view of Ellis Island when they stop at Liberty Island enroute.
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See a video of Immigration - Ellis Island experience
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