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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
Liberty Tour
Our guide Charlie was terrifically informative and entertaining. We learned so much history during the tour.
Scott_A, Jun 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in New York City

star-5
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
star-4
Awesome tour Awesome guide Christian
JoAnn_C, Jun 2022
Early Access: First on the Island Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island
We met up with Christian about 1030am. He was very pleasant. Our tour started on time border the ferry to liberty Island. He's presentation was great very informative.i would definitely recommend and tour with Christian again. Only part that was a bit disappointing was not being able to visit Ellis Island longer. We toured until 445 to catch the ferry and was unable to visit the 2nd building We loved the tour,we will be back possible an earlier tour so we can tour all of Ellis Island
star-5
Loved our Tour Guide
Jennifer_B, Jun 2022
Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island Tour: All Options
Our tour guide, Chris, was AWESOME. Great tour from start to finish. Knowledgeable, personable and efficient. Gave perfect direction and made us feel comfortable getting around security and the ferries. Snapped pictures at the perfect times for all of us. I missed most of the Ellis Island portion because I was chasing our toddler, he found me on the ferry home and answered all of my questions so I really didn't miss anything.
star-5
Interesting and fun!
Lauren_G, Jun 2022
Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island Tour: All Options
Russell was a great guide. Very knowledgeable with lots of good stories. The tour got us through the ferry line faster to the Statue of Liberty and allowed us time to visit at our own pace after the tour was done. I wish we could have had more of a guided visit to Ellis Island since the first part was so interesting!
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Statue of Liberty tour
Meredith_A, Jun 2022
Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island Tour
Matt The tour guide was great. He kept us well-informed,where to go, what was next and was just overall a great source of information about the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island.
star-5
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
star-5
An experience to remember!
Karen_K, Jun 2022
Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island Tour: All Options
Our guide John was awesome. He had so much history information and presented it in an interesting, sometimes dramatic and funny! He held our interest and was the complete package‼️ My husband and I felt fortunate to be in his group! My only negative comment is we felt we needed more time at the Statue of Liberty! We enjoyed spending the afternoon on Ellis Island leisurely until 5:30pm😊👍🏻
star-5
Superb visit
John_W, Jun 2022
Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island Tour
Sarah our tour guide was excellent, she brought the history of Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty to life
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Excellent guide named...
James_D, Jun 2022
Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island Tour: All Options
Excellent guide named Dan. Extremely informative, but tour needs to specify that the 2 hour express tour does not include any time on Ellis Island. We had to skip that due to time constraints
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👍👍
Lindsay_B, Jun 2022
Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island Tour
First time to NYC, and the tour for the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island was incredible. Our tour guide was Jeff, and he was the best tour guide I've ever had. Very knowledgeable and informative, and also fun! Thank you!
star-5
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.
star-5
Great experience for me and my granddaughters.
Evangeline_M, Jun 2022
Early Access: First on the Island Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island
Rob was such an informative guide. A lot of the history concerning the Statue of Liberty is not readily in the text books. Thanks!!!
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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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