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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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Have visited NYC many times and never managed to make it to the Tenement Museum. This time we decided to do the lower east side and of course this was included. It is such a... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 3, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015 NEW

Have visited NYC many times and never managed to make it to the Tenement Museum. This time we decided to do the lower east side and of course this was included. It is such a unique experience, one could almost hear the families that were residents in the building, if the walls could only talk! Must praise the tour guides,... More 

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Irvington, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015 NEW

Fascinating peek into a long lost era. Just so interesting. I learned a great deal, and had a wonderful time.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

My friend who lives in Manhattan asked us to do a tour at the Tenement Museum with him - it sounded interesting and his ideas are usually good so we went. Our tour guide Joanna was lovely, told the story in a great way and answered any questions our group had. This museum definitely exceeded all expectations we had, and... More 

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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

Victoria and I took the tour 'Hard Times', and boy were they.. The guide was extremely knowledgable and answered our questions, we had many. The building was 97 Orchard Street in the lower east side. First we toured the apartment owned by a Jewish family in 1873. It was like going back in time, everything spare and simple. The same... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

I did the Irish immigrant tour and could have stayed and seen more. Would like to do the walking tours, as well. If you go, definitely give yourself time to see the movie showing in the lobby area first. Really brings it all to life.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

I'll confess to having visited NYC a few dozen times, and never having taken the time to visit the Tenement Museum, until now. Our son "needed" to pay a visit for his upcoming bar mitzvah, and I was quite impressed. There's a variety of informative tours offering different perspectives and dimensions to the immigrant experience between 1880 and 1935. We... More 

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Virgina USA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

Very interesting, especially with all the immigration issues surrounding us today. To hear the story of folks coming to America in the 19th and early 20th century was fun, we did the tour with Victoria. The young women who played Victoria stayed in script, was fantastic! Highly recommend for both adults and children.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

Can't recommend this museum and its tours highly enough! We did the Irish Outsiders tour which was superb. It raised a lot of questions about how we deal with immigrants today and really brought to life what it must have been like to live here in the 1860s. Make sure you also do one of the walking tours - Outside... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

We found the tenement museum on the lower east side an informative and eye opening experience. Stepping into the 97 orchard street building is like stepping back in time. You pay around $25USD and you receive an informative guided tour. We did the "hard times tour" that takes you through the lives of two real families who experienced life in... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

The Tenement Museum is a must for history buffs and anyone interested the early immigrant experience in America. Dating back to the 1860s, the building housed thousands of new Americans over the years in often horrible conditions until it was condemned in the 1930's. The lower retail space was allowed to remain occupied so the building stood for another 50... More 

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Additional Information about Tenement Museum

Address: Address: 103 Orchard Street, Lower East Side, New York City, NY 10002
Phone Number: +1 877-975-3786
Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  New York City>  > Lower East Side
Open Hours:
Sunday 10:00 am - 6:30 pm
Monday 10:00 am - 6:30 pm
Tuesday 10:00 am - 6:30 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am - 6:30 pm
Thursday 10:00 am - 8:30 pm
Friday 10:00 am - 6:30 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 6:30 pm

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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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