The Statue of Liberty Museum is arguably something that no New York City visitor should miss. The same can be said about the Ellis Island Museum. These museums offer wonderful insight into the landmarks that they occupy, and the landmarks themselves are among the most significant attractions that can be found anywhere in the Americas. Better yet, there is no need to purchase tickets for the Statue Museum or the Ellis Island Museum. Admission to both is included in the price of the ferry ride over.
The Statue of Liberty Museum is an exhibit that can be found on the second floor of the statue’s pedestal. Above all other things, it puts a focus on the symbolism and the history of the grand Statue of Liberty. Objects that are on display include prints and photographs. Visitors can also check out full-scale replicas of the statue’s face and one of its feet. That’s not all, however. The original torch sits in the museum lobby, and both oral histories and informative videos provide visitors with even more substance. Liberty Island visitors don’t have to pay extra to enjoy the Statue Museum once they arrive on the island. There is an added fee for the audio tours, however. These audio tours allow listeners to learn about the statue while they stroll around the island.
The Ellis Island Museum, or the Ellis Island Immigration Museum, as it is more officially known, puts the focus on the millions of immigrants who entered the U.S. through the Ellis Island immigration complex. The museum actually occupies the Main Building of this former complex, and it is quite large and comprehensive. Fascinating artifacts from the past are among the items that are on display, as are photographs and prints. The Ellis Island Museum also offers oral histories and videos, not to mention an award-winning documentary, a living theater, an honor wall that lists the names of thousands immigrants, and an expansive interactive area that is known as the American Family Immigration History Center.
Certain rooms at the former Ellis Island immigration complex have been restored to their early 1900's appearance. These rooms include the Baggage Room and the Registry Room. Also worth mentioning is the fact that the Ellis Island Immigration Museum often plays host to temporary exhibits that can only add extra depth to a visit.