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Tenement Museum

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Lower East Side
History Museums, Museums
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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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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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Best museum ever

At first we felt annoyed that we had to have a tour, but it was amazing. It was so moving, really felt history come alive. It was all done with such attention to detail... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed January 29, 2015
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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27 reviews 27 reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015 NEW

At first we felt annoyed that we had to have a tour, but it was amazing. It was so moving, really felt history come alive. It was all done with such attention to detail, engaging... Kids over 8 would probably really enjoy this. (Or younger with a good attention span.)

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Norwood, Massachusetts, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015 NEW

This was my second visit to the Tenement Museum. This museum is excellent. Gives you a real life experience of those who lived in the lower East side from 1860-now. Excellent guides provide a lot of detail for a family's experiences based on the type of work they would have performed and family situation.

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Western Maryland
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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015 NEW

This is a small museum that has several guided tours. We did two tours back to back, "Sweatshops" and "Hard Times". Both were very good and the young guides were interesting, knowledgeable, and excited about their subjects. Although my grandparents didn't live exactly there, I can imagine their circumstances were similar, so it was very interesting for me to see.... More 

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Summit, New Jersey
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 NEW

This is a great museum for people looking for something truly unusual and off the beaten path while in NYC and it offers an intimate glimpse into the lives of Lower East Side immigrants during the late 19th and early 20th century that most tourists never get to see. Unlike a traditional museum where you can walk around at your... More 

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New York, New York, United States
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39 reviews 39 reviews
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 NEW

It was really interesting to step back in time and see what a tenement was like. It's interesting to note that their apartments weren't much bigger than ours are today, although we're not cooking over open coal fires today. There are several tour options (can't remember the one we did), but they're each long enough that to do them all... More 

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Sydney Australia
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25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015 NEW

I was really looking forward to going to this museum after reading all the reviews, imagining that I was going to be entering into the lives of the people who used to live in these buildings through the tour. We deliberately picked the tour that took you into the apartment of one particular family, however, whilst we got quite a... More 

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Milwaukee, WI
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47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

There is a lot to like about this museum, but for me the highlight was how much the tour focused on the lives of women and families. We went on the "Sweatshop Workers" tour and learned more than I have ever learned before in a one-hour tour. If we had more time, we definitely would have been interested in taking... More 

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Meriden, CT
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

We visited the museum on a rainy Sunday between other planned activities so we had only enough time to take one tour. It is an amazing experience to walk through this building and think of the families who lived there. It was especially meaningful to me as a first generation American. My parents never lived in the Lower East Side,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

And get a sense of what our immigrant grandparents and great grandparents went through in their own assimilation processes that got so many of us to where we are today.

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Washington DC
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

These buildings, the history of this part of Manhattan is fascinating and wonderful. I'd have preferred an audio tour, alone. There isn't much to see other than three rooms and a staircase. The actor/actress/intern tour guides who smile till their face breaks, ask stupid simplistic questions, and treat the crowds as if they are three year old children on tour... More 

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