"Ellis Island" Statue of Liberty - Ellis Island Tip by Paul2001

  Ellis Island
by Paul2001

Ellis Island is one of the most moving museums in America. It was here that between the years 1892 to 1954 that over 12 million immigrants were processed before they began their lives in their new land. Today approximately 40 per cent of Amercians can trace their roots through anscestors who have passed through here.
In 1990 Ellis Island was reopened as a museum dedicated to the arrival of immigrant to the United States. Visitors to the Immigration Museum enter the building just as the new arrivals had. They begin in the Baggage Hall and then work their way up the steps to the Registry Hall. Here there are displays, films, dioramas and photos the depict the accounts of the new immigrants to their new land. It is all very touching. In one room there is the interactive American Family Immigration History Center were you can use a computer to trace you family roots.
Outside there is the American Immigrant Wall of Honor which commenorates the names of 500,000 immigrants and their families. Also from here you have astonishing views of the New York skyline. This is all the more heartbreaking since it was here that you probably had the best views of the World Trade Centre before 9/11.
Admission to Ellis Island is free and it is open daily from 9:30am to 5:15pm. Since you can stop here on the way back from the ferry to the Statue of Liberty it is recommended that you take in both attractions on the same excursion. It is an excellent way to spend half of day in New York.

Address: In the Hudson River
Directions: New York Harbor
Phone: 212/363-3200
Website: http://www.ellisisland.org

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  • Written Mar 29, 2005
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