Millions of immigrants came to America through Ellis Island when it was the inspection point for immigration. Some remember it with hope, some with fear as they were crowded into rooms and inspected for diseases. Many had to stay on the island for weeks before crossing into New York, not knowing if they would be deported.
Today, the island houses a museum to commemorate the immigrant experience. Visitors can take a ferry from Battery Park that travels here and to the Statue of Liberty. Inside is filled with exhibits including photos and belongings of the immigrants detained here. Take the audio tour and your will hear many stories of what it was like to travel through this building as an immigrant and also the history of the island itself. If you had a relative that entered the US through Ellis Island, you could find their name engraved in a large sculpture wall commemorating the immigrants.