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Tenement Museum

103 Orchard Street, Lower East Side, New York City, NY 10002 (Lower East Side)
212-431-0233
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Ranked #21 of 830 attractions in New York City
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Type: History Museums
Owner description: This museum, located in an actual tenement, is dedicated to interpreting and preserving the history of the immigrant experience on New York City's... more » Owner description: This museum, located in an actual tenement, is dedicated to interpreting and preserving the history of the immigrant experience on New York City's Lower East Side. « less
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014 NEW

Amazing foodie tour of the Lower East Side that uncovers the many hidden gems in the streets around the Tenement Museum. Bring your appetite!

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London
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014 NEW

Don't waste your time travelling to this if you want value for money. Met those coming out who were disappointed. I'm sure it's a great thing to see but it's wildly overmerchandised and overpriced. So many better things in NYC to enjoy and throw your money at.

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014 NEW

We really enjoyed our visit. We were on the sweatshop tour, which was of an apartment rented by a family that ran a garment business in their home. They had decorated it with period pieces, including the relevant accessories, like the clothing and irons. We learned about the family from their census records and family interviews and saw photos of... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014 NEW

My friend suggested to visit this place and it was really great. We did the hard times tour, and I confess that if I visit NYC again would go again for a different tour...

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Toronto
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014 NEW

There has been so much hype about this museum and it's so popular on TA but I found it very disappointing. We even managed to get our choice of tour (Hard Times) by booking in advance - a must! However, the tour was of four tenement apartments on the 2nd floor of 97 Orchard Street. Two of these were furnished... More

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Vancouver, B.C.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014 NEW

We did the Hard Times tour and we loved it. If you enjoy history you will love this. The groups are small so it is a great way to see the homes where the early immigrants lived. The shop at the museum is excellent too with unique and fun items to purchase.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014 NEW

I've gone with family (ages 12-70) to a few of the tours, all of them great. Each time we had a different guide and all of them were enthusiastic and very knowledgable. Each of the tours took us through the homes of different residents of the tenements and told us the story of these residents and really provided an authentic... More

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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014 NEW

We went on the sweatshop tour after a recommendation from family. Really interesting and very well presented in small groups. My 9 year old enjoyed it so much that she asked to come back on another tour which we did the next day. The tour really helped us engage with history in away other museums struggle to do (particularly since... More

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Cleveland, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW

guide was knowledgeable and had excellent delivery. very careful to make sure everyone was included in all aspects. it was a good learning experience for our 10 year old granddaughter.

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Weert, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014

We did the Irish tour, it was an interesting story that was told. However, I almost fell asleep after 45 minutes! The house was nice and gives you a good impression about the life in the history of the Lower Eastside. Very nice souvenir-store attached to the museum.

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