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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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Fascinating Social History.

Entry is on one of three available tours only. The Shop Tour exploring the history of the basement shop fronts was really interesting and very well presented. Interactive and... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 21, 2015
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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

Entry is on one of three available tours only. The Shop Tour exploring the history of the basement shop fronts was really interesting and very well presented. Interactive and engaging content meant we wished we had more time to sample the other tours, details of which were hinted at throughout the tour we completed. A fascinating insight into the evolution... More 

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Ontario, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

We arrived shortly after the museum opened and found all the tours for the next 2 hours had already been sold out the day before or online. We didn't have time to wait for a tour so we didn't end up going. Was also a bit surprised at the price of the tour - $25 per adult for a 1... More 

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Sacramento, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

We gained understanding and better appreciation for the lower east side by visiting this museum. We wished we had planned to spend more time there. Their free film is very good, and their tours are excellent.

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Bexhill-on-Sea, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

You must pre-book your tour or you may be unlucky. My second visit here was just as good as my first. My tour was about the Irish Outsiders, the Moore family. This museum just gets better and better as the years go by. Tours are limited to 12 people which allows for questions and discussion. Smaller children would be bored.... More 

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

I really enjoyed touring the tenement and seeing how people lived in these cramped quarters. Very eye-opening and very well done. The tour guides are terrific and very knowledgeable. You get the stories of real people who lived in these rooms.

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

Wow what a fun time. It was a trip back to our roots in old NY. There's a lot to be learned about life back in the early days of the 20th century. We can appreciate our very "easy" lives now, by comparison

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West Monroe, Louisiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

Added the Tenement Museum to our itinerary based solely on Tripadvisor. I was not disappointed AT ALL! Kimberlee was a wonderful educator (who was actually an actress). I felt as if I personally knew the former tenants of these homes just by hearing the stories. I was just amazed that such an historical home had been so well preserved throughout... More 

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

This is a non-museum museum. Choose a topic and go to the apartment where actors are the people who lived in the apartment. You get a real feel of NY as it was in the 1890s. The docents are interesting and stay in character. It is fascinating to see how people once lived. Not to be missed.

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Needham
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

Transform yourself into the turn of the century NYC. See and feel how our early families lived and worked in the most difficult of conditions. A must for tourists and natives alike.

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Chino Hills, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

First, you need to make reservations several days before you plan to go. There are themed tours, Sweat Shop, Hard Times, etc. where you are literally taken back in time by an incredibly well informed guide who sets a stage for a particular time period when the tenement building was occupied by immigrants from 1870 through 1935. You stand in... 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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