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Ellis Island, 10004

The Basics

Explore the Ellis Island Immigration Museum on a 45-minute self-guided audio tour through exhibits including photos, films, archive material, and recordings. Additional audio tour options describe exhibits in more detail via in-depth interviews with historians, architects, and archaeologists. Visitors can also book a private tour of Ellis Island to maximize their experience and understanding of the sight, or a combo tour of Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty.

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Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island Tour: All Options
Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island Tour: All Options
$44.00 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Amazing experience with an awesome tour guide
It was worth visiting the Statue of Liberty with a guided tour as I have learned a lot of information I did not have (did not research). Casey (if I remember correctly the guide’s name) was extremely helpful and he did take a photo (I meant to say a photo shoot) for each group in the tour. Amazing experience
Adrian_L, Jul 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in New York City

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Beautiful clean island...
Ann_M, May 2022
Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island Tour: All Options
Beautiful clean island and efficient crowd control. Lots of opportunities for photos. Ms. Liberty was beautiful and we learned a lot in the museum. Our cabbie made us late so we never caught up to our tour. That didnt really matter as it turned out. Skipped Ellis island but good views from liberty island. Very windy
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Owen was the best guide...
John_B, Jul 2022
Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island Tour: All Options
Owen was the best guide in the numerous tours that my family has experienced. His attention to interesting facts about the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island helped to capture our attention of this important part of our nations history. 5 stars from us.
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The guide Billy was...
Dianne_T, Jul 2022
Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island Tour: All Options
The guide Billy was amazing with information on Liberty Island and Statue. Really enjoyed Liberty Island but was a little disappointed with Ellis Island
star-5
Statue trip
Robert_K, Jul 2022
Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island Tour: All Options
Charlie Meany, our guide, was excellent. Visiting Liberty Island and Ellis Island was great. Nice sunny day.
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The history behind the...
Stephanie_S, Jun 2022
Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island Tour
The history behind the Statue of Liberty, how money was raised and who was allowed at the unveiling. Interesting information also regarding the quick health checks for those who came through Ellis Island.
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It’s a good Tour, and the...
SRIVASTAVA_R, Jul 2022
Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island Tour: All Options
It’s a good Tour, and the guide is also good. We enjoyed a lot . Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island are good places.
star-5
Excellent tour to Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island
Kate_C, Jun 2022
Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island Tour
Enjoyed listening to the history by our excellent tour guide, Daniel. The Statue of Liberty was stunning and there is so much history about Ellis Island particularly if your ancestors are immigrants to the USA.
star-5
Great tour
Cynthia_M, Jun 2022
Early Access: First on the Island Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island
I visited NYC in March 2020-not 2022, as the city was shutting down and that’s when I did this tour. I’d forgotten all about reviewing but better late than never. This is a great way to visit the Statue and Ellis Island. Highly recommend
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Livery, Ellis island and 911
madonna_J, Jun 2022
Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, and 9/11 Memorial Pools Guided Tour
Al, our tour guide was so knowledgeable and personable. Because we had timed tickets to the 911 museum, we were a bit rushed on liberty and Ellis island but overall m, a great day
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Great tour
Brenda_M, May 2022
Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island Tour: All Options
Mia was an amazing spokesperson. Her wealth of knowledge and humor made the tour better. The facilities were clean. Everyone was very friendly and accommodating to our handicap family member.
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A Journey through our Past History!
Jan_S, Jul 2022
Statue of Liberty Tour with Ellis Island
Learn more at the tour by Estellania than by my history teacher. Her knowledge of the place, it’s monuments and the piecing of Liberty as well as our trip to Ellis trip was truly interesting and entertaining. I would highly recommend this trip.
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Great way to see these attractions!
Kelly_W, Jul 2022
Private Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island Tour
Liz was great! It was a fun morning for our family of 4. Our kids (9 and 7) were interested in learning about the statue’s history. Highly recommend!!
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Things to Know Before You Go

  • The 45-minute audio tour is available in nine languages and included in the cost of a ferry ticket.

  • An audio tour for kids aged 6 to 10 is also available in five languages.

  • Ellis Island can be seen up close, for free, from the deck of the Staten Island commuter ferry (though passengers can’t get off at Ellis Island).

  • Ellis Island and ferries to it are fully wheelchair and stroller accessible.

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How to Get There

Ellis Island lies off the southwest tip of Manhattan. To visit Ellis Island from New York City, catch a Statue Cruises ferry from Battery Park in Lower Manhattan. The first ferry stop is the Statue of Liberty, followed by Ellis Island. The closest subway stations to Battery Park are South Ferry (1 train), Whitehall Street (R train), or Bowling Green (4 or 5 train); the M5, M15, and M20 buses stop as South Ferry as well.

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When to Get There

Weather permitting, Ellis Island is open every day of the year except December 25. Ferries run from 9:30am to 3:30pm, with later departures in the summer and around holidays. Once on the island, you can stay until the last ferry departs, which changes seasonally.

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Portraits at the Museum

Ellis Island hosts a number of temporary exhibits. Past highlights include New Americans: Photographs by Jill Enfield, featuring 30 wet collodion photographic prints of contemporary immigrant portraits. There is also a small glass house of immigrant portraits made from antique windows that Ellis Island visitors can enter.

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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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