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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 #31 of 856 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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Sydney
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70 reviews 70 reviews
26 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014 NEW

We did the Shop Life tour which is all on the ground floor. My husband doesn't like tours, but loved this one. The guide managed to get our group to integrate well without just talking to us for the whole time. You start in the bar and move onto other areas of the house and then finally into an interactive... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014 NEW

Highly recommend! So rich in history & architecture & the reality of how immigrants lived & were treated. Fascinating & soul nurturing. Leave with a sense of that time in NYC history, their struggles to integrate, more compassion, empathy & gratitude.

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Tampa, Florida, United States
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

I had a few hours to kill while my husband was in a meeting and I chose this attraction based on the reviews. It was excellent and worth the money. Make sure you watch the free movie before heading out to a tour. The book shop was really interesting as well.

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Ridgefield Park, New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

We went on the Irish Outsiders tour. It was very interesting to see how our tour guide tied in the history of the Irish immigrants in New York City in the early 1900s into the stories about the Moore family who lived in the tenement. The ancestors of the Moore family have been on the tour which gives it more... More

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London
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

I've been here a couple of times and the tours are interesting and informative. There is an expectation of audience participation and how good your experience is will depend on the guide and the other people on your tour. That said, the buildings give an insight into life in a poor part of NYC about 100 years ago and its... More

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tel aviv
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

My teenaged daughter and I took the sweatshop tour based on the reviews i read on trip advisor and thoroughly enjoyed it! The guide was very educated, witty and interesting and you really get an idea how the European immigrants lived and worked when they first arrived in NY. The pictures of the actual tenants of the apartments we visited,... More

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Melbourne
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

I had such an amazing time at the Tenement Museum this past week. It was a very immersive and engaging way to experience the history of the Lower East Side as well as immigrants from all backgrounds and ways of life. 1. There is no "museum" meaning place to view objects, exhibits etc in the traditional sense of the word,... More

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Worcester, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

The Tenement was like a time capsule showing how the poor and working classes lived in 19th Century NYC. It was amazing how tiny the rooms were and how many people they originally housed in the 19th century. My Italian immigrant ancestors' from my dad's side of the familiy lived in similar housing after coming to our country in the... More

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Reno, Nevada
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

I took the Hard Times tour and the Then and Now walking tour of the neighborhood. The apartment tours take you through apartments restored to specific time periods and you hear the stories of the tenants who actually lived there. The walking tours take you through the neighborhood. I'd recommend doing one of each to really get a feel for... More

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Nashville
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

I know, it's history, but the kids liked it as well. We did the Victoria Confino tour. She is a real person and the tour was based on her life. This one is interactive. There were a total of 7 of us (2 different families) and we were fresh off the boat and needing a place to stay. We met... More

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