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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 #34 of 863 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 October 21, 2014 NEW

There are several tours you can take from this museum. We got there around one and many tours were sold out for the day so plan ahead. We took the tenement tour where you actually go in a real preserved 1935 building where you are guided thru the life of an actual Irish family who lived in the city. You... More

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Aventura, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

Unless your ancestors all came over on the Mayflower, chances are one or more started life in America in a crowded tenement on the lower east side. Take a Tenement Museum tour to see how they really lived in "The Promised Land".

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Boston, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

This was a fill up trip, between cruise and getting into hotel. Was not expecting much. How wrong was I. The tour consisted of a talk and tour. Talk given by an enthusiastic lady, who invited questions and had the answers. She made the talk come alive with seemingly off the cuff remarks and props. The selection of tours appears... More

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

My mom and I spent a long weekend in NYC and this was the second best thing we did (Statue of Liberty crown tour was #1). We went on the Sweatshop tour tour and got an amazing tour and story of the tenement life at the turn of the century. We loved the tour so much, we signed up for... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW via mobile

We took our 10 and 12 year olds to the Victoria Confino tour and were so impressed with the experience. We had visited Ellis Island and they'd been able to see where immigrants were processed and the push/pull factors that compelled them to emigrate. This really helped bring it to life. Hopefully you've gathered from reviews that this isn't a... More

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London UK
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

Offering a variety of tours/talks in the tenement buildings and surrounding streets this museum gives a fantastic insight into the migrant people who entered the USA 150 or so years ago. Our "shop tour" was hosted by an excellent tour guide- Caley Vickelman- who brought the whole experience alive over 90 minutes.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

The Tenement Museum is a museum experience unlike any other. In this five-story restored building, you can tour the house which housed thousands of immigrants that arrived from Ellis Island to settle down in the Lower East Side neighbourhood. I wanted to show the kids what life was like here in different time periods and this place had both the... More

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014 NEW

We recently toured the Tenement Museum and took the "Hard Times" tour. It was fascinating!!! My boyfriend and I are pretty big history nerds, but this tour has something to offer everyone. I thought it would be interesting, but it really surpassed my expectations. I wish we had more time so we could have done all of the tours offered.... More

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014 NEW

Of our the tours we had scheduled in NYC I was looking forward to this the most based on comments of a friend who took several of the Tenement tours years ago. Sadly, it was the most disappointing and not because of the history. We felt like the guides were trying to fill in the length of each tour time... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014 NEW via mobile

We visited the museum, saw their short video, went on the walking tour and visited the Irish apartment. All were absolutely excellent (helped by a wonderful sunny day) and by the end we had got a real feel,and understanding of the story of the immigrant waves of settlement. Beautifully told by articulate, highly knowledgeable and enthusiastic educators, we learnt a... More

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