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Tenement Museum

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Address: 103 Orchard Street, Lower East Side, New York City, NY 10002
Phone Number: +1 877-975-3786
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10:00 am - 6:30 pm
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Thu 10:00 am - 8:30 pm
Fri - Wed 10:00 am - 6:30 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Description: The Tenement Museum preserves the history of immigration through the...
The Tenement Museum preserves the history of immigration through the personal accounts of those who built lives in the Lower East Side. Visitors can view restored apartments from the 19th and 20th centuries, walk the historic neighborhood, and interact with residents to learn the stories of generations of immigrants who helped shape the American experience. The museum is available by guided tour only. Each tour focuses on a specific theme and takes visitors to a different area of the building or neighborhood.
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A real sense of the history of NYC

We took the sweat shop tour, our guide was experienced and enthusiastic and the visit was informative and interesting. The museum displays the history of the building through a... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 29, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

We took the sweat shop tour, our guide was experienced and enthusiastic and the visit was informative and interesting. The museum displays the history of the building through a series of rooms set up to show how people lived, but also one which is in original condition from when the house was bought for the museum. There wasn't a great... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

you hear the stories, but it is nothing like seeing the real thing. Our guide was informative and patient. She presented the information in an engaging and emotive manner. We felt like we were really amongst the folks who had lived there .

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

Despite being a bit confusing as to "how it works" I can thoroughly recommend this attraction (and worth linking to the Ellis Island trip) on how New York "grew". We took the "Sweatshop" tour and our guide Laurie (?) was very good.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

The guided tour we took..Hard Times is the highlight of our vacation in New York City. Excellent tour guide, explanation of the tenement living make you feels how lucky we are. It is a must to understand that as people your desire to improve life and work with tenacity is heartwarming and fantastic.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

It gave insight into what life was like for immigrants living in NYC in the 1800's and early 1900's. I particularly liked the recorded vocal history of one of the actual Italian inhabitants of the tenement. She had lived there as a young girl with her family in the early 1900's.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

OMG this is a great experience. These building still have the real feel not like a museum at all......

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

A muse see museum that gives important and fascinating perspective on a very important part of the city's history. Our guide was super knowledgeable and entertaining, and we left with a whole new outlook on some of our family's history (being from the Lower East Side). A great way to understand some of "real" NY.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

You need to book a tour, because the museum is a building still set up as it would be for German/Irish/Jewish/Italian immigrants at the time. Tour guides are knowledgeable and engaging. Tours are short enough that they'll keep everyone in the family interested. Get the full lower east side/German experience by going to Cafe Katja down the block for some... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

This was a step back into history. a tour through history. The museum owns an original tenement and with the excellent story telling by your tour guide, you receive a full explanation of the lowere east side, it's changing demographics from the 1850's to the present. Do not miss

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

The Tenement Museum on the lower East side of New York City is well worth the visit. It is a travel back in time and tells the story of the city's immigrants and helps us understand why the US is knowns as the melting pot. There are different tours. I highly recommend the Sweat Shop tour. Our guide, Dan, was... More 

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Lower East Side
Straddling the bridge between New York’s thriving immigrant past and its modern transformation into a beacon of global art and culture, the Lower East Side is one of the most dynamic neighborhoods in the city. The blocks of tenements that represented the promise and blight of the Lower East Side immigrant experience now command top dollar for new residents. Right next to old-world delis, 24-hour bodegas, and the garment shops of Orchard Street, you’ll find hip clubs, fashionable bistros, and luxury hotels beckoning at all hours of the evening. If you love nightlife and live music, it’s hard to beat the scene here.
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