A few hundred metres from the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island served as a reception centre for millions of immigrants over 60+ years on average, 5,000 new arrivals per day. For them, the island was the entry into a new world and represented the hope of a better future.
Millions of new Americans passed through the reception halls and were officially registered here. The brick Neo-Renaissance building, built in 1900 to replace the original wooden structure lost to a fire, now contains the impressive and moving Ellis Island Immigration Museum. Alongside the interactive exhibits, don't miss the reconstructed register with the names and professions of arrivals, their luggage, personal photos, and objects from the era.
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