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Tenement Museum

103 Orchard Street, Lower East Side, New York City, NY 10002 (Lower East Side)
212-431-0233
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Ranked #21 of 830 attractions in New York City
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Type: History Museums
Owner description: This museum, located in an actual tenement, is dedicated to interpreting and preserving the history of the immigrant experience on New York City's... more » Owner description: This museum, located in an actual tenement, is dedicated to interpreting and preserving the history of the immigrant experience on New York City's Lower East Side. « less
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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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11 reviews 11 reviews
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014 NEW

We went on the sweatshop tour after a recommendation from family. Really interesting and very well presented in small groups. My 9 year old enjoyed it so much that she asked to come back on another tour which we did the next day. The tour really helped us engage with history in away other museums struggle to do (particularly since... More

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Cleveland, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW

guide was knowledgeable and had excellent delivery. very careful to make sure everyone was included in all aspects. it was a good learning experience for our 10 year old granddaughter.

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Weert, The Netherlands
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW

We did the Irish tour, it was an interesting story that was told. However, I almost fell asleep after 45 minutes! The house was nice and gives you a good impression about the life in the history of the Lower Eastside. Very nice souvenir-store attached to the museum.

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Washington DC
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15 attraction reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

I recently visited the Tenement Museum for the second time within a year. The first time I went I did the "Shop Life" tour, and this time I did the "Sweatshop Workers" tour. Both were very informative and told the story of the Lower East Side and the Tenements through the tenants of 97 Orchard. As a college student studying... More

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Wingene, Belgium
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

When you have enough time in New York you can do a visit of the Tenements. We've done the Hard times. It is the story of two families who stayed there. The nicest thing is that they searched very well into the history of both families. It is not the first thing to do when you are the first time... More

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New York City, New York
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9 reviews 9 reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

Not much to see but quite interesting if U got a little time to spare. My friend and I enjoyed the tour.

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

The Tenement Museum is a great reminder about how the United States were populated. People leaving their homes to follow their dreams and hopes. The guided tours of different eras are delightful and informative. The free evening talks are stimulating. This is a must see for all. Unless you are descended from Native Americans or African Slaves, your ancestors may... More

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014 NEW

If you're looking for a museum that really gives you an eye into the past this is it. The tenement museum has restored several 19th century apartments in the lower east side. The tell the life of the person or family who lived there. It's rare to see the environment of the middle to lower classes preserved so nicely. A... More

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Paris, France
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014 NEW

This is really worth a visit. Very well presented to find out about how the immigrants lived and integrated into American life. Tenement building split into different levels for different parts of life. Living, Shops, manufacturing all in the area where it happened. Very well well a visit. Allow time.

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Canberra, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014

My wife and I did the Hard Times tour and we found it very interesting BUT 1. The guide looked like she had done this tour many times and seemed a bit bored 2. No photos at any time - because they are so special. I can understand how they don't want photos taken on the tour itself but they... More

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