The Baggage Room on Ellis Island

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2023-08-01

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This is the very first exhibit in the museum. Once used as a baggage collection area for the immigrants� belongings, it now displays some of the actual trunks and pieces of luggage that were once brought to the island. Once off the ferries, immigrants crowded through the main entrance of Ellis Island into this room where they could check their baggage. With thousands of people being inspected every day, keeping track of everyone's belongings was a major logistical problem and lost baggage was a common complaint. Some immigrants, refusing to check their possessions, insisted on carrying them through the entire inspection routine. Today, the Baggage Room is the entrance to the museum and features century-old luggage from the Ellis Island era, an introductory exhibit about the history of immigration to the United States, and the World Migration Globe.

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The Baggage Room, Ellis Island, Ellis Island Immigration Museum, Liberty State Park, State Park, New Jersey State Park, Gateway to America, Statue of Liberty, Legal Immigration, Gateway, Jersey City, NJ, Jersey, Hudson County, The Garden State, New York Harbor, New York City, NYC, New York, National Register of Historic Places, New Jersey Register of Historic Places, New York City Landmark

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