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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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Walking architecture tour is top notch

The museum itself is very nice. Good selection of literature and stuff. We did the architecture tour with Adam - excellent. Informative funny passionate - a great tour... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 25, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015 NEW

The museum itself is very nice. Good selection of literature and stuff. We did the architecture tour with Adam - excellent. Informative funny passionate - a great tour. We also did the small business tour. A bit too long. Could be done in an hour. And too micro. Should have given 5 minutes big picture headlines like years numbers etc... More 

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Oconomowoc, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015 NEW

Loved this...we viewed the Lithuanian and Jewish exhibits. Tucked in a corner not far from Katz's, this will give you a taste of early 20th Century NYC. Worth it!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015 NEW

The Tenement Museum is unlike any other museum you will ever visit. There are guided tours where you walk through an actual "tenement" and you learn about the immigrant family that lived there "once upon a time". The stories about day to day live give you an excellent window into true history, the people who came here from other countries... More 

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Portsmouth, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015 NEW

SWMBO and I went to see Irish, The Outsiders. What a delight! Mary Kay, our educator, was knowledgable as well as enthusiastic. Our tour lasted a bit longer than expected but that was because of all the group discussions, which was welcomed and appreciated. I will definately be back until I have done it all! Easy ride on the F... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015 NEW

We thoughht it was strange to have an hour tour, and pay so much. Wanted to see it all for that much money, but having been, we are thrilled with it, and would go again for other experiences. I think that is what was missing form the description - it is, indeed, and experience that allows you to put yourself... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015 NEW via mobile

Our visit to The Tenement Museum was the highlight of our most recent NYC trip! Active, engaging, fascinating, historical yet contemporary. Highly recommend!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW via mobile

The tour guide on the sweatshop tour was awesome and I found this tour very interesting. There is a movie playing off the gift shop, which was also great and the movie was good too. Will be going back to do other tours!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW

I wanted to see this museum for a long time. The museum offers now several options. They have renovated several buildings and tell you the story of each building. I visited a building which was a beer store in the 1890s with German immigrants; it changed to Jewish families and later to families of Latin or Hispanic origin. It was... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW

After 17 or 18 visits to NYC this was the first time we ventured down to the lower East Side and took one of the tenement museum tours. I don't know why we waited so long. We did the Irish Outsiders tour with Kimberly as our fantastic guide. It was so interesting and heartbreaking to see the conditions under which... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW

A great bit of NY history and nostalgia. Only issue is you can't remember which ones you have been on since they changed the line-up of tours. Highly recommended.

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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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