Hear the tales of the 12 million immigrants who passed through Ellis Island when it served as the nation's busiest immigration inspection station, from 1892 to 1954. The immigration museum, housed in the station's main building, reveals details about the immigrants who came to the island and the staff who worked there. You can view informative displays, a short film, photos, art, and personal artifacts. Outside the museum, read the wall of honor for a partial list of the immigrants processed here. Before boarding a ferry to the island, be prepared for a thorough security check; sharp objects and large bags are forbidden. Purchase ferry tickets in advance to avoid waiting in long lines. A visit to Ellis Island represents just the start of the adventure when you use our New York City trip itinerary planning app to plot your vacation.
Tours To Ellis Island
New York CityPASS BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $136
Duration: 9 days
Skip-Line Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island: Tour + Pedestal Ticket Upgrade BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $49
Duration: 3 to 5 hours
New York in One Day Guided Sightseeing Tour BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $89
Duration: 6 hours
Ellis Island Reviews
We decided to visit Ellis Island by purchasing tickets through state cruises, which offered a fair deal for both the statue of liberty and Ellis Island. After visiting the first landmark, we headed... more »
So glad we took time to see all Ellis Island had to offer. There are many exhibits, though I most enjoyed the one that took you through what it would have been like to immigrate through the island... more »
You could spend all day here. Fantastic museum and a ‘must see’.
I know the history of Ellis Island And saw the Island when I took a boat back from a visit to the statue of liberty. the first thing you see as the boat pulls along side of Ellis Island is a really lovely looking old building
Plan your trip to New York City
Get a personalized planA complete day-by-day itinerary
based on your preferences
Customize itRefine your plan. We'll find the
best routes and schedules
Book itChoose from the best hotels
and activities. Up to 50% off
Manage itEverything in one place.
Everyone on the same page.
See all ›
See all ›
See all ›©©©©
Parks in New York City
See all ›
Nearby attractions in New York City
Plans to Ellis Island by other users
30 days in New York City BY A USER FROM CROATIA April, popular sights PREFERENCES: April ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 60 days in United States BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES September, popular sights PREFERENCES: September ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 60 days in United States BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM May, culture, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: May, culture, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 9 days in New York City BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES December, popular sights PREFERENCES: December ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 31 days in United States BY A USER FROM IRELAND August, kids, popular sights PREFERENCES: August, kids ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 58 days in Europe, Africa, South Pacific, United States & Caribbean BY A USER FROM NETHERLANDS September, culture, historic sites, museums, wildlife, fast-paced, popular sights PREFERENCES: September, culture, historic sites, museums, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Fast-paced