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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 #34 of 853 attractions in New York City
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: History Museums
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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London, United Kingdom
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25 reviews 25 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

I have been to this museum twice in the last 5 years, and was so happy to find they have recently enlarged their premises. Not a "drop in" museum-all the attractions are done by guided tours, in very small (approx 12 individuals) groups. You must arrange tickets before you go....one or two days beforehand, or you may be disappointed you... More

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Lawrenceburg, Ky.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW via mobile

This hidden gem combines painstakingly restored stores and apartments with cutting-edge technology to tell the stories of a few of the people who lived and worked here as far back as 1863. Our tour guide transported us back to the days of the Schneider family, who operated a saloon in the front of their space, lived in the back, and... More

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Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

We took two of the tours offered by the museum. The "shopkeeper's tour" was limited in scope. It was a story of a husband and wife and their saloon. We stood/sat in their establishment for an hour. To say it was shopkeeper's' (plural) is a stretch. Far too limited in information...the last 5 minutes provided a bit more about other... More

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Brussels, Belgium
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

A must-see: these people bought a couple of houses in the Lower East Side, a neighborhood previously inhabited by immigrants (some gentrification going on these days), they left the buildings in their original state and they tell visitors the story of the people who lived there. They also do walks in the neighborhood. Fascinating!

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Dayton, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

We enjoyed this experience very much. We chose two tours: The Shop Life and The Irish Experience. I ordered our tickets the evening before our tours. There was no problem handling the website. Tours are frequent and easy to schedule. The history of the Lower East Side is shown through the stories of the settlers themselves. This technique drew us... More

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San Gabriel, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

I went to this museum two days in a row. I first did the Shop Life tour on my own. It was about 90 minutes and had a great history of the property as well as the people who ran businesses there. The second day I went with a friend and we did the Hard Times tour and saw where... More

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 via mobile

I really enjoyed this. We chose the Irish Experience tour partly because it was ready when we were and partly because of our Irish ancestry. Frankly, all of the tours sounded interesting and any would have been great . It should be noted that the museum is spread out over several buildings, with a different type tour for each. One... More

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New York City
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

I'm taking a history class where we read about the tenements of the Lower East Side and being the history buff I am, I had to visit. I called up to make my reservation. The rep on the phone was extremely helpful and courteous. I was given a confirmation number to use on my arrival to the museum. The museum... More

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

Everyone knows that the US is built on immigrants right? The Ellis Island stuff. the waves of immigrants - Irish, Germans, East european Jew, Italians …. This great museum, just off the Bowery and Delancey Street in the Lower East Side (where many immigrants started (and continue to start) their US adventures) dramatises that story focusing on some of the... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

My family of five just visited the Tenement Museum yesterday. There are several tours - each one visits a particular floor in the tenement. We chose the "Irish Outsiders" tour. Tickets were $25 per adult, $20 per person if you are a student or college student. There were 11 people on our tour. We spent a bit of time in... More

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