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  2. If you answered "Whatever it takes," you echo the feelings of the 12 million immigrants who passed through these now quiet halls from 1892 to 1954. Ellis Island afforded them the opportunity to attain the American dream for themselves and their descendants. Come hear their stories.

  3. Visit | Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island

    At the Ellis Island National Immigration Museum, voyages come to life through a stunning collection of artifacts. Exhibits chronicle America’s immigration history from the 1500s through to today. Visit the American Family Immigration History Center , located on the first floor, to discover your connections to Ellis Island.

  4. History & Culture - Ellis Island Part of Statue of Liberty ...

    For the vast majority of immigrants, Ellis Island truly was an "Island of Hope" - the first stop on their way to new opportunities and experiences in America. For the rest, it became the "Island of Tears" - a place where families were separated and individuals were denied entry into the United States.

  5. Visitors will have access to both islands including entry to both the Statue of Liberty Museum and the Ellis Island National Museum of Immigration. This is the only ticket available when reservations are full. General Admission tickets do not get you access inside the monument, or to any level of the pedestal. Pedestal Ticket: Tickets are limited.

  6. How Ellis Island shepherded millions of immigrants into America

    How Ellis Island shepherded millions of immigrants into America. Entrance through this New York immigration epicenter usually took only a few hours—no passports or visas required. In the main ...

  7. Overview + History | Ellis Island - Ellis Island Foundation

    Ellis Island remained for three more decades serving a multitude of purposes, including a World War II detention center for enemy merchant seamen. In November of 1954, the last remaining detainee on Ellis Island, a Norwegian merchant seaman named Arne Peterssen, was released and Ellis Island officially closed by the U.S. government. Visit.

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