Ellis Island Travel Guide

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  • Ellis Island - The Island of Tears and...

    This has been another dream of mine to be able to visit a place where many got there start as Americans. We have to be so thankful for those who crossed those dangerous waters in God knows what conditions to get here. I guess I am probably very sensitive, but I could sense the sorrow in these buildings right away. Many did not pass these walls onto...

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  • Flag of Faces

    Just one of those neat exhibits they have with the main building. As you shift your position then you can see the many different wonderful faces. So make sure you wonder around to catch all the great things to see.

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  • Take advantage of the free tours!

    FREE Ranger-Guided Tours by the National Park Service Ranger. These tours are approximately 45 minutes and are accessible for handicapped visitors. You will see the inforamtion center desk in the main hall. If we had more time, I would had certainly taken advantage of this. Make time if you can. We were limited due to our bus departure time. Next...

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  • Free Genealogy Workshops

    The National Park Service and the National Archives provides a workshop for visitors who are researching their family immigration history. The workshop is offered on a monthly basis (March - October) and provides instruction about how to gather, interpret and use historical data to trace family histories. The workshop is free to all visitors of the...

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  • Immigration Museum film and exhibits

    under constructionLike most national parks, there is a film which explains the park. Sometimes you need a ticket to see the film.

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  • American Family Immigration History...

    under constructionIf you get a ticket you can use the computers here to look your family up.We found Exact Matches (2) for my grandson's great grandmother's on his mom's father's side.Name of Passenger Residence Arrived Age on Arrival1. Alois Zirngibl ... 1908 242. Georg Zirngibl Kareth, Germany 1912 23and we printed one of them (I think Alois)...

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  • Island of Hope/Island of Tears

    This is a half-hour film, produced by Oscar-winning filmmaker Charles Guggenheim. Immigrants tell stories of pulling up roots and coming to America. The Film is shown in two separate theaters with seating on a first-come, first-served basis.The museum also houses a reference library and an oral history studio containing a collection of taped...

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  • The Peopling of America

    This exhibit places the Ellis Island immigration era into the context of 400 years of Noth American immigration history.

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  • Peak Immigration Years

    An extraordinary 10-room exhibit that tells the larger story of immigrants, regardless of their port of entry. Displays explore the immigrant experience: leaving their homelands, journeying to America, traveling across the new country, establishing communities, working, adapting to American life, becoming American citizens, and raising American...

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  • Restoring a Landmark

    This exhibit documents the metamorphosis of the main building from an abandoned ruin to a new national museum.

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  • Silent Voices

    depicts the period when Ellis Island was abandoned to the ravages of vandals and the elements of the New York Harbor.

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  • Ellis Island Chronicles

    This exhibit in the Ellis Island Galleries portrays the story of the island from its earliers days as a fishing site to the 1950s. Highlights show the incremental growth from the original 3.3-acre island to the final 27.5-acre site that was created with landfill.

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  • The ferry ride is a melting pot of...

    It is interesting to note the passengers on the ferry boat. We were accompanied by people representing many different culturals. You will see in the first photo a woman wearing the Muslim burka, feeding her infant. Seems to me there is more that unites than divides this human race.

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  • Treasures From Home

    In the Ellis Island Galleries you will find this exhibit which is a collection of approximately 1,000 artifacts and photographs brought by immigrants to America

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  • Trace the immigrant journey

    "Through America's Gate" is an exhibit in the main building that replicates the immigrant journey through the Ellis Island station. A step-by-step view of immigrant processing is revealed through historic photographs, artifacts and personal papers. Restored to the 1918-1924 period, this 14 room exhibit area features audio recordings of immigrants'...

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  • Inscribe your family name on the Wall

    It is possible to honor your ancestors who made this journey so that you could have a better life and a very fitting tribute is to have their names inscribed on the Ellis Island Wall of Honor. When the opportunity first presented itself, I entered the names of my family and have added the names of my uncles through the years. The Wall of Honor is...

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  • Research the arrival of your ancestors

    This is easy to do from your home computer - On the Ellis Island site, I keyed in my grandmother's name and up popped the information with the name of the boat, date of arrival at Ellis Island, where exactly she came from in Verona, her health, color of hair and eyes, her U.S. destination and that my grandfather was waiting for her. Her children...

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  • Watch the sunset from the Ferry

    If you spend a few hours at the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island - the last Ferry back to Manhattan leaves right about sunset and that's an excellent choice.

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Ellis Island Restaurants

  • The immigrants had nothing like this

    A very limited menu here - American and ethnic food, coffee bar and smoothies. The cafe has indoor seating and an outdoor deck that overlooks the Statue of Liberty, American Immigrant Wall of Honor, and lower Manhattan. Smoothies

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  • Expensive cafeteria!!

    The cafeteria at Ellis Island has very pricey food. Most of the selections are fast food (their value meals were $9). They did have a coffee/bakery cart and a fudge cart(which did have some really good fudge). I would suggest eating a big breakfast and bringing a pack of crackers or granola bar to tide you over until after the tour.

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  • It's okay, but there is better

    Although we had a great day to sit outside and enjoy their view of Manhattan and the Statue of Liberty, that was about all we enjoyed. We were there for brunch, which was NOT a buffet, but a menu. Big deal. A menu. That's a brunch?My boys are calamari LOVERS. This one was cooked in peanut oil, and they did not like it. (I could not taste it, as I...

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Ellis Island Transportation

  • Ferry to Ellis Island and Liberty Island

    In order to get to Ellis Island it is necessary to purchase a ferry ticket at Liberty State Park in New Jersey. The $11.50 ticket will cover your ferry ride to Ellis and Liberty Islands and there are no entrance fees at either place. I suggest getting there early because we ended up missing the first boat because of a long line. We went to Ellis...

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  • Statue Cruises

    You can access Ellis Island and Statue of Liberty National Monument either from Battery Park, New York or Liberty State Park, New Jersey. Status cruises has a excellent web site with all the information you need to get tickets to these marvelous treasures. Tickets & ReservationsWe look forward to welcoming you aboard Statue Cruises and want to help...

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  • Battery Park to Ellis Island

    We walked across Battery Park to where the boats were, and I sat down on a bench while my sister went into Fort Clinton to get the tickets.Then we had to go through security. We had to take off belts and watches (although not shoes or jewelry), and all the cameras and coats and pocketbooks had to go through the scanner. We took a seat beside a...

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Ellis Island Shopping

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    by grandmaR Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    We went to the gift shop and my grandson bought some more film (he was out). He found that the digital camera had gotten turned on in the backpack and it had run the batteries (AAA) down

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    Monday – Friday
    11 A.M. to 5 P.M EST.

    What to buy: Apparel
    Ladies
    Tee Shirts
    Headwear
    Sweat Shirts
    Library
    History Books
    Scrapbooks
    DVD'S
    Childern's Books
    Posters
    Souvenirs
    Collectibles
    Magnets
    Ornaments
    Table top
    Toys
    Games
    Historical Research
    Names
    Jewelry
    Bracelets
    Charms
    Earrings
    Pins
    Rings

    Part of the gift shop Grandson buying batteries and postcards Turquoise Jewelry in a case Glassware for sale
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Ellis Island What to Pack

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    by Allikatac Written Mar 21, 2006

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: The ferry ride can be very cold and windy depending on the season. Bring a jacket just incase.

    Photo Equipment: Extra batteries/film for the views of the city from across the harbor!

    As you can see from the picture I am very bundled
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Ellis Island Off The Beaten Path

  • Sister Museum in ROME

    If your family migrated from Italy to America - it is likely that you have been to Ellis Island. There is now an extraordinary exhibit in Rome which I think of as the Sister to Ellis Island - The National Museum of Italian Emigration in the Vittoriano Complex, Gipsoteca Room on the first floor at Piazza dell'Ara Coeli - right at Piazza Venezia. 29...

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  • Take a walk outside!

    Make sure you take the walk outside. The view outside is so beautiful and a place to take and to get away from the crowds. This place does get crowded during the summer months. It was refreshing and inviting to walk along the path to get away from the feelings I was sensing so deeply. It echos so many conflictings emotions. So being able to walk in...

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  • Old Brickwork and Tile

    Since its restoration, the original walls of the building have been plastered over. If you look carefully as you walk around, you will come across purposely exposed brickwork, original to the old building, as well as graffiti left by the immigrants. In several areas you are walking on original tile and you see all the old radiators.

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Ellis Island Favorites

  • Accessible for the Disable

    For the most part, these parks are wheelchair accessible. They have wide sidewalks to stroll the grouns and to enjoy the scenery. Make sure to check the areas outside. Contact the either the National Park Ranger or U.S. Park Police Officer. Statue Cruisesinfo@statuecruises.com877-LADY TIX (877.523.9849) can tell you more information.There is a...

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  • Great Hall~Registry Room 1900

    This wonderful great hall was lovingly restored. It served as the main hall that so many wonderful souls passed through here to begin their new life to hopefully a better world. Now the main part of the museum. It was the first step to being a United States citizen.Interesting fact: Ellis Island was the busiest federal immigration station in...

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  • Dormitory Building

    When are you here and listen to some of the tours guides you will learn so much. I learned a lot just from the web site the National Park Services has. A interesting fact: Although most immigrants processed at Ellis Island stayed between three and five hours, about 20% stayed overnight in dormitory rooms until their cases could be cleared. Many...

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