This was the processing area for 2nd and 3rd class immigrants wising to enter America. It has been carefully restored to show what the interview rooms, reception hall etc looked like during the height of its processing. It is interesting to note all the photographs, personal accounts, and memorabilia of those who passed though here.
The area for statistics of foreigners gaining entry to America is collected in interesting ways- height charts, world map paths etc, so it’s easy to see and more interactive than normal.
I highly recommend doing the audio tour- a friend told me she went without it and was bored, but loved it on a subsequent visit with the audio. I took the audio tour as well and really felt like I got a lot out of it.
One thing though: I really disapprove of the use of old images of various displaced persons being used to make souvenirs. Basically they take your picture and put your face over the original. Disrespectful.