The exhibition MERIKA – EMIGRATION FROM CENTRAL EUROPE TO AMERICA 1880 – 1914 is an exhibition about the history of emigration from Europe to America. It began to be particularly interesting in the early 2000s, when more exhibitions were organized and more museums of emigration were opened. At the same time, the City Museum of Rijeka began its research resulting in the exhibition opened in 2008. The research and exhibition were primarily focused on emigration from Central Europe and especially on the routes leading through the port of Rijeka, from where 333,000 emigrants sailed for New York between the late 1903 and mid-1914 – mostly Hungarians, Slovaks, Danubian Germans, Romanians, Croats and Serbs. The exhibition was divided into two parts – the first part was dedicated to the organization of the great exodus, shipping companies, agencies and emigration routes, while the second part talked about individual human destinies, their successes and failures, good and bitter experiences. The great wave, which affected millions of people over a period of thirty years, is a phenomenon that is still attracting interest. After the success in Rijeka, the exhibition was set up in a new form in 2012 at the Museum of Immigration on Ellis Island in New York.