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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

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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Historical stories with live re-inactments

Wonderful piece of our American History, shares how immigrants survived, even when not so welcome (sounds like a repeating theme in America). The Museum owns a couple of buildings... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
Reba P
Austin, Texas

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Austin, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Wonderful piece of our American History, shares how immigrants survived, even when not so welcome (sounds like a repeating theme in America). The Museum owns a couple of buildings in the block, and tours are available to see what size rooms many families shared back in the day. They share information about sanitation and air quality, but don't provide modern... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

A really fascinating insight into immigrant life in the lower east side. However make sure you book before you turn up or you may be disappointed. We arrived at 9.45 and virtually all tours were booked! Tour lasted 1 hour and cost $25 each. You don't get to see all the tenement - only the floor associated with the tour... More 

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Columbia, Missouri
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

My friends and I became part of an imagined Italian immigrant family visiting a good actress "being" an earlier immigrant. It was an informative experience. We were glad we did it.

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Indian Wells, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This was an adventure thru the Lower East side at the turn of the century. Living in a basement flat below street level, with all the stench of horse drawn vehicles could not have been very pleseant. Great company store and the tour guides were reluctant to accept tips.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I thought I knew a bit about tenement life in the early 20th century, but had never experienced an actual tenement apartment. Four of us signed up for the"Sweatshops" 2-hour tour/discussion, and found it fascinating. Shayna, our tour leader and educator, led us through the difficult times of immigrant life on the lower east side, and we also shared stories... More 

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Very well preserved tenement building with the actual apartments where people lived. A tour is required and the guides are well versed in the stories of the German, Italian and Eastern European immigrants who lived here in the late 1800s through the 1930s. The stories are touching and you get a true sense of what life was like in those... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This was our fourth visit, but there is something new to see here each time. Access to the tenement is only via a guided tour. As this is kept to around ten people, it's still possible to see and hear everything. We opted for the Hard Times tour (already having done the Irish Family and the Jewish Tailor). Our tour... More 

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Hartley Wintney, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We met at the Tenement Museum building where we shown a film on 19th Century immigrant life in the south east side of New York. We were then taken along the road to a tenement building which has not been inhabited for many years but had been turned into 2 separate dwellings to illustrate how 2 different families had lived... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I definitely recommend this museum. All tours are guided, and it's best to buy them online in advance You can select from 4 or 5 different tours. I took the "Sweatshop Workers" tour. Our guide was very friendly and helpful. The tenement really gives you an idea of how newcomers to this country would have lived. It was so interesting... More 

London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Graphic description of lfamily life in New York for new arrivals in the 1800s. Very interesting tour with excellent guides

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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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