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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 #30 of 859 Attractions in New York City
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: History Museums
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014 NEW

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014 NEW

This is unlike any museum you've been to- it really bring history to life. Absolutely worth a visit. The only downside is that other museums look flat in comparison. Two days later, we went to the American Natural History Museum and it was uninspiring in comparison.

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Los Angeles, California
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014 NEW

I went to the "Shop Life" exhibit and was profoundly disappointed. The tour lasts 90 min and costs $25. It could be done in 5 min and for $5. What we saw was exactly three (3!) rooms with some original furniture but very little else. One of the rooms had an exhibit table with about 5 items they found buried... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014 NEW

When I found this museum, I was not sure what to expect. It sounded kind of hokey to me, but to my surprise, the museum is put together real well! You gather outside the museum store and follow your tour guide/storyteller through this time capsule. I liked the contrast of how they left some of the rooms just how they... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

We took this tour on a recent trip to NYC. An an Irish American, it was interesting to hear how Irish immigrants were treated in the 1860s. My husband is of German descent, so it was also interesting that the occupants of the tenement during that time frame were mostly recent German immigrants. A neat bonus was that some of... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

I'm very happy we did this. Took one of the tours in the house, and the stories were excellent and I wanted to know more. Finished off with watching the video at the museum shop. Definitely worth going. I will go again on another tour the next time I'm in town.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

We did the Shop Life tour which is all on the ground floor. My husband doesn't like tours, but loved this one. The guide managed to get our group to integrate well without just talking to us for the whole time. You start in the bar and move onto other areas of the house and then finally into an interactive... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

Highly recommend! So rich in history & architecture & the reality of how immigrants lived & were treated. Fascinating & soul nurturing. Leave with a sense of that time in NYC history, their struggles to integrate, more compassion, empathy & gratitude.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

I was expecting to see a collection of period rooms and artifacts of the inhabitants of the tenement on Orchard Street. Instead it was an discussion session with the tour guide and the visitor. When you purchase tickets you must choose one of about 5-6 tours on various topics. Your tour will only go the the floor(s) that apply to... More

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Tampa, Florida, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014

I had a few hours to kill while my husband was in a meeting and I chose this attraction based on the reviews. It was excellent and worth the money. Make sure you watch the free movie before heading out to a tour. The book shop was really interesting as well.

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