The Ellis Island Immigration Museum

The Ellis Island Immigration Museum is well worth a visit and most tourists find themselves in the area anyway when they visit the Statue of Liberty.

It’s been said that half of all Americans have at least one family member who came through the Port of New York and Ellis Island. That’s not true, but there’s no denying that Ellis Island played a very important part in American history. Located on the Hudson River, The Ellis Island Immigration Museum is one of the most visited tourist destinations in the world.

You’ll have to take a ferry to get there, boarding from Liberty State Park in New Jersey or Battery Park at the southern tip of Manhattan. Since the Ellis Island Immigration Museum and the nearby Statue Of Liberty are two of the busiest attractions in New York, it’s a good idea to plan ahead.

The Circle Line-Statue of Liberty Ferry runs from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily, with longer hours during the summer. The cost of the ferry includes admission into the Museum. For the most up-to-date rates and times call (212) 269-5755. You could also visit the Circle Line New York Harbor Cruises website: For those with disabilities, there are wheelchair ramps and all elevators and restroom facilities are easily accessed.

On New Year’s Day, 1892, a young Irish girl was the first passenger to be registered at the immigration station. Her name was Annie Moore. Annie and her two brothers finally arrived at Ellis Island after 12 days at sea. An estimated 4 million people left Ireland for America. They all passed through this historical immigration site. Known as the Gateway to America, for millions of people it became a gateway to a new life, filled with hope.

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