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Ellis Island

Ellis Island is one of the USA's most important historic sites and also one of the most heavily visited monuments. Ellis Island opened in 1892 as a federal immigration station, a purpose it served for more than 60 years (it closed in 1954). Millions of newly arrived immigrants passed through the station during that time–in fact, it has been estimated that close to 40 percent of all current U.S. citizens can trace at least one of their ancestors to Ellis Island.

Ellis Island, in Upper New York Bay, was the gateway for millions of immigrants to the United States as the nation's busiest immigrant inspection station from 1892 until 1954. The island covers a land area of 27.5 acres, large part is created through land reclamation.

Museum Highlights : 
  • The museum's self-guided exhibits chronicle Ellis Island's role in immigration history and include artifacts, photographs, prints, videos, interactive displays, oral histories, and temporary exhibits.
  • The American Family Immigration History Center
  • The American Immigrant Wall of Honor
  • Journeys: The Peopling of America Center, 1550 - 1890
  • The American Flag of Faces
  • Award-winning film documentary "Island of Hope, Island of Tears" 

How to Reach :  Statue Cruises provides ferry transportation to Ellis Island from Battery Park in New York and Liberty State Park in New Jersey from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily, with extended hours in the summers. By using the same cruise ticket you can see both Statue Of Liberty & Ellis Island .

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