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Ellis Island 

 
 

Ellis Island was once a immigration processing center for millions of immigrants arriving into the United States from 1892 until 1954. Today, Ellis Island is a symbol of America's heritage for nearly 100 million Americans who can claim their ancestry through this former immigration center. The same ferry that departs from Battery Park in Lower Manhattan to Liberty Island (location of the Statue of Liberty) also sails to Ellis Island.

Aerial view of Ellis Island, New York City
Aerial view of Ellis Island by National Park Service

The Ellis Island Immigration Museum is housed in the Main Building and comprises of three floors. The Main Building was built in 1900 and designed in the French Renaissance architecture. It was later abandoned after falling into disuse as an immigration center but eventually restored as a museum in 1990. The Immigration Museum traces the history of immigrants through Ellis Island with exhibits of artifacts, photographs, and interactive displays.

Resgistry Room on Ellis Island, New York City
Registry Room on Ellis Island by Hu Totya

Other places of interest on Ellis Island include the restored Registry Room, a huge hall where immigrants once waited to be inspected and registered. At the Immigration History Center, visitors can check records of immigrants who once passed through this immigration center on the island. The Ellis Island Living Theater is an interesting 30-minute play depicting the experiences of immigrants who once passed here.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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