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Tenement Museum

103 Orchard Street, Lower East Side, New York City, NY 10002 (Lower East Side)
+1 877-975-3786
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Ranked #33 of 858 Attractions in New York City
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: History Museums
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: The Tenement Museum preserves the history of immigration through the personal accounts of those who built lives in the Lower East Side. Visitors can... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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Greenwich, Connecticut
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12 reviews 12 reviews
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

This is a great way to see what life was like for immigrants in NYC . This is an actual tenement that was sealed up in the middle part of the twentieth century so it's truly a time capsule. Apartments are set up to replicate different time periods of the buildings history and each apartment is on a different tour.... More

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Western Ireland, Ireland
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52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

Had some reservations about tenement life being a particularly good source of entertainment but thankfully our experience at this museum dispelled those thoughts almost immediately. Without in any way trivializing the life experiences of the tenement dwellers who lived in the area, our guide skilfully delivered a tour de force of engagingly delivered information laced with humour. We opted for... More

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London
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

We visited the museum with our two boys (11 & 14 years old) and had a really interesting tour of the tenement. We started with a 'round-table' discussion in which our two children were allowed to fully participate; it was a fully inclusive and they were encouraged to give their opinions and ideas which they loved. This was followed by... More

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Philadelphia, PA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 NEW

This is a unique museum. It is built in a 5 story tenement building in the Lower East Side. The tours are all guided. There are also outside tours. We found it amazing. The tour we took was called sweatshop workers and focussed on the start of the "needle trade." Our guide was superb. There are three other indoor tours... More

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Oxford
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46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014 NEW

Booked ages ago on a quickly trip to NYC, having teenage boys in tow not keen to go around an old house! But we all enjoyed it, out guide Anna brought the history of the building and the people who lived there to life. Not cheap but worth it, the gift shop had loads of unusual gifts but a tad... More

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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25 reviews 25 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014 NEW

Fascinating look into our immigrant past. The tours tell the stories of specific families that personalize that time in American history and make it come alive. A must visit!!!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

My boyfriend and I went on the sweat shop workers tour. You step into the tenement house and it feels like you are stepping back in time. With the exception of electricity and some plumbing, nothing has changed. Wish the tour was a tad longer than an hour, but it was extremely educational. Will definitely be back!

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Mishawaka, Indiana
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20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

If you have relatives that immigrated to America 100 to 150 years ago, get a realistic experience of what they faced when they arrived. This includes being introduced to an actor from a different culture of that time frame. She (or he) does a great job of doing her best to connect with you. At the same time you'll be... More

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Freehold, New Jersey
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

The Good: Did the Hard times tour. Gave you a real sense how these immigrants lived and worked. The guide was energetic and friendly. The Bad: There are multiple tours but the price was prohibitive.

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Brooklyn, New York, United States
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

I've lived in NYC for about 8 years. Now live in Williamsburg. Fully appreciate the history of the city. Went on a weekday during a day off in the summer. For $25, I would expect a bit more than just seeing one floor of an old tenement consisting of 5 rooms total. It just felt like a little bit of... More

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