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The Ellis Island Immigration Museum

If you are planning a trip to the Statue of Liberty National Monument, you cannot skip a visit to the Ellis Island Immigration Museum. This museum is among the most popular historic destinations of the United States. Located in the Main Building of the former immigration station complex, it covers the Ellis Island immigration story. *The place can be easily toured with the assistance of reputable rental-car businesses based in the area. Many well-known and prestigious rental-car companies are represented in New York. In addition to well-structured and historic destinations, Ellis Island is also famous for its rich cultural background.* Current descendants of the immigrants who came to America through Ellis Island account for almost fifty percent of the American population. Therefore, imagine how many Americans have connections to the New York site. The museum contains self-guided exhibits that include videos, prints, photos, displays, and more. Special features include The American Family Immigration History Center, The American Immigrant Wall of Honor, and the Ellis Island Living Theater. These features are definitely worth a visit. Take the kids along, because it will provide them with education and appreciation concerning the past.

The American Family Immigration History Center

This interactive feature allows visitors of the Ellis Island Immigration Museum search for and find their family records. At this center, you will be granted passenger records of the ships that brought in around 22 million immigrants and other passengers from 1892 to 1924. More than 100 million Americans can locate records of their family’s journey here. If you come to Ellis Island Immigration Museum with the intention of learning more about your family’s past, come prepared. Bring all the information you might need like the fist and last names of passengers, their race, religion, and nationality, their approximate ages and arrival year. If you know the name of the ship they travelled on or the port they left, that would be helpful, too. Volunteers will be there to help you with the entire process. You will also be able to view images of the ships your ancestors traveled on. The American Family Immigration History Center is a must-visit feature of the Ellis Island Immigration Museum. Imagine, you might be able to learn all about your roots through the available technology that is waiting for you.

The American Immigrant Wall of Honor

Another feature of the Ellis Island Museum, the Wall of Honor, is the longest wall of names worldwide. More than 700,000 names are included on the wall that acts as a tribute to the rich cultural heritage of America. It reflects American immigration from the beginnings to the present. The Wall of Honor provides a view of the Statue of Liberty and New York.

The Ellis Island Living Theater

The Ellis Island Living Theater presents a show several times a day. The plays change, so call and ask about what is playing during the time you will be visiting. The themes of the presentations deal with the immigrant story. The venue seats 56 people. Reservations for groups of ten or more are accepted. Individual viewers can purchase tickets when they enter the museum. Tickets cost $6. The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation can provide more information. Call them at 212.561.4500 (extension 0) or email them at theater@ellisisland.org.