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Ellis Island

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  • Ellis IslandPro 2014
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    Everyone should visit Ellis Island at least once. As soon as you approach by ferry, you cannot help but imagine what it must have felt like to arrive here from far off lands. Much of the original atmosphere has been restored. Permanent and temporary exhibits are informative, interesting and very moving. Unfortunately, Ellis Island was impacted by Hurricane Sandy, so some artifacts have been removed, temporarily, until repairs are complete. However, there is still plenty to see here, including books of ship manifests in the library. Note: The last ferry back to Manhattan leaves at 7:25 PM.

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    For those of us with relatives that immigrated through Ellis Island in the early 20th century, visiting this site is very memorable. The presentation of the history and the Great Hall that all immigrants passed through is very well done. There is a research room with a bank of computers to conduct research on immigrants that is very useful.

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    Ellis Island was the gateway to America, from the old country for many of today's Americans. During it's hayday, it processed over 12 million immigrants interested in becoming American citizens. Today it serves as a museum, with exhibits, featuring pictures and displays highlighting what things were like when millions of immigrants came through Ellis Island. Very emotional moments, and a must see for anyone interested in the human condition.

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    Historical, yes. Interesting, ehh. Largely disappointing for me since I was told how essential it was to visiting New York. Upon arrival it failed to engage me. Perhaps it's more interesting for someone who hasn't studied American history and culture for the past 6 years. I expected to walk away with something new. Take a quick walk through and head back over to the ferry.

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    I visited Ellis Island on a class trip when I was a kid. As part of our experience we were all processed as if we were immigrants arriving in America! Interesting place to see, especially if you have family members who entered the county through Ellis Island but otherwise I wouldn't necessarily go out of my way to go out there to visit unless you have a specific interest in it.

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    Ellis Island is part of the National Park Services of Statue of Liberty. Disability access is available by ferry boat. There are several activities on the island including a film about Ellis Island. You will need about 1 ½ to 2 hours to visit the site.

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    Unparalleled historical experience. The center had also started putting records online, so you can continue the "visit" even if you aren't there.

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    A symbolic icon of America's origins - and what makes it the cultural melting pot it is today. Ellis Island has a great museum with information on famous immigrants who came through, and a great database for visitors to look up their ancestors' records. Just a quick ferry over from the mainland, and a smaller ferry will take you to nearby Liberty Island to get up close and personal with Lady Liberty.

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    Almost everyone in New York has some family that have come through Ellis Island, including my own Great Grandmother who came here from Sicily in 1909. Ellis island is a priceless piece of our international heritage.

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    the ferry and than up close and personal with the Lady. wow, very very impressive and memorable moments. the history, the museum, the restaurant very nice to sit outside...take it all in we are part of that history.

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    Once the active intake for the countries immigrants it has now become a museum. It has directly impacted my family as it was home to my Grandfather for the first 6+ months of his time in the US after escaping from the Nazi work camps. This was an uncommon length of time but was the result of him stowing away with the US Soldiers he assisted after his escape.

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    Visit the history of US immigration and enjoy a fantastic view of the skyline. This interactive display is situated next to Lady Liberty.

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    Visited Ellis Island in 1993, when I came to the USA for the first time. Great experience, I really get a view of how things were in the past, when people travelled from the "old world" to America, chasing their dreams. Some very emotional exhibitions, to be sure. If you want to know a little more about the USA then where to find the next Starbucks, this is a place you should definitely check out!!!

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    If you're lucky, you'll be in town when you can grab an evening tour. They don't do them all year long, but as any skyline, the NY skyline is so much prettier after the sun sets.

    Also, a trip to Ellis Island can suffice for both the statue as well as the island as you scoot right by Ms. Liberty. Although I'm known to say you haven't seen a monument until you've touched it... I was close enough.

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    Ellis Island has a great museum to explore the history of immigration through New York. It makes for a nice day trip.

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  • Ellis Island

    Statue of Liberty is really an icon of New York City. You simply cannot miss it. Even if the statue was not open due to renovations, still touched the pedestal. A must-see in NY, but be warned, it's a jungle to get the ferry, no lines in particular and heavy security check. You will wait a long time but the site is worth the wait.

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    An awesome musuem to see how our country grew through immigration. Even cooler if your parents came through Ellis! You can look up their records and everything. Not to mention taking the boat over almost makes you feel like you've step back in time and are about to come into the US for the first time.

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    Fantastic place to discover some immigrant history, I highly recommend Ellis Island! Just give yourself more time to do both islands as there are long queues and security checks heading to Liberty Island and also once you get there.

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    On the boat trip to the satue of liberty you'll also have a stop her, i love this place as this is the place where America started to become as we know it now.

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    Went here in the late 90's to take a graphite rubbing of my ancestor's name. I hear it is falling apart today but it was an interesting piece of American history to see.

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The Ellis Island Immigration Museum is part of the Statue of Liberty National Monument and is one of the country's most popular historic sites. In 2001, The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation, in partnership with the National Park Service, unveiled the American Family Immigration History Center®.

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