Ellis Island National Museum of Immigration Shares Stories of Recent Immigration

July 29, 2015

Ellis Island is undergoing a major transformation including a name change! Now called The Ellis Island National Museum of Immigration, with a new exhibition titled New Eras of Immigration, the museum is featuring stories of those who came to the States since the closing of the island’s processing facility in 1954.

Antenna has provided an audio tour of The Journey: New Eras of Immigration, giving introductions to the various new stations that are part of the exhibition. All of the exhibitions elements are clearly explained within the narrative and even offer some interesting insights… Does the exhibition space look familiar? It’s designed to look like an airport, representing the mode of travel by which most immigrants arrive today! The new exhibition compares and contrasts various types of immigration into the United States. Visitors learn that unlike in the Ellis Island days, now, immigrants must be cleared in their own countries first before even stepping on a plane to come to the United States. But, as the narration explains, many immigrants still come “under the radar” by paying for the privilege to be smuggled in. Once on American soil, the immigrants not only need to survive in a new land, but also strive to keep ties to their country of origin. Finally, visitors watch a video featuring immigrants swearing the Oath of Allegiance, turning them into new citizens!

This forty-five minute experience is available in Arabic, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin, Russian and Spanish, echoing the diversity of those who have sought a home in the United States.

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