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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 #32 of 846 attractions in New York City
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: History Museums
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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New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014 NEW

Granted I am a history buff, and specifically in this era, but even for those with me that are not, it was a great tour. Hands on, amazing to see how the first immigrants lived at the turn of the last century. Gives a whole new appreciation to who built this country and what they did to get where they... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014 NEW via mobile

each tours is limited to about 15 people so it is smart to make a reservation. You can do multiple tours since they are apx one hour long. there is some walking and a lot of stairs . Very knowledgable staff. Small gift shop and free movie loop playing to keep you interested while you wait for your tour. These... More

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Jupiter, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014 NEW

We really enjoyed this historic site. He did the hard times tour. Our guide was awesome. The building itself is like a trip in the past. Very unique experience. Worth the visit and time.

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

If you're interested in the story and history of immigrants in NYC, this is a great place to start. The center of this museum is a real tenement in original and unimproved condition. There are also tours of the neighborhood. There are a wide variety of tours on all kinds of topics related to the immigrant experience in NYC. Our... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

Good but very hot in middle of summer. Did the hard times tour which was pretty good. Tour guide offered a few to many political overtones relating to modern imagination policy.

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Brooklyn, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

We do not realize how people lived in a one room apartment even in the middleof New York City back in the nineteenth century. Everything they owned was in this little room. The kids slept together where the kitchen was. The facilities were outside, but no one minded. The neighbors all knew each other and they helped each other. For... More

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

I did not do a building tour, but did a neighborhood walking tour - Storefront Stories. I have to say I've been on better walking tours in the city (Photo walk-abouts in W. Village and Victorian Christmas walking tour in Grammercy and Chelsea areas by NYC Discovery Tours). This tour had limited information provided and wasn't particularly interesting compared to... More

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Montreal, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

This was my second time at this museum and I must say they have really fixed up the tenement since the last time I visited ten years or so ago. The tours are relatively costly but, I must say, seeing how much they have fixed up the tenement really motivates you to support this museum. The tours are very interesting... More

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

Was there June 2014. Blown away. Such a wonderful way to view and get a feel for what immigrants experienced. We took the "Hard Times" tour. Berto was our guide and did a great, enthusiastic job. Advice all to stroll through China town on your way to visit this historic place.

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Owings Mills, MD
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

Go back in time to the area where my parents lived in in the early part of the 20th century. i came on a bus trip from Baltimore to this museum. We met a "resident" portrayed by an actresses as a young girl with a Sephardic background. The give and take of this experience took the group back to 1916.... More

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