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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
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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A true gem of a museum

Not one of the sites we knew a lot about but went based on the recommendation of a friend. There is a lot of information but presented in a very interactive manner. Everyone in... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 26, 2015
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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

Not one of the sites we knew a lot about but went based on the recommendation of a friend. There is a lot of information but presented in a very interactive manner. Everyone in our group finished our tour and commented about how informative and thought provoking the museum and house is.

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Rochester, NY
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

I actually didn't like it as much as I thought I was going to. It was neat to see the rooms that the immigrants had lived inbut the tour guide we had was not helpful. I don't feel like I learned anything or gained much more insight into the lives of the immigrants and I always hold that up as... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

Insight into immigrant (Irish, Dutch, Italian, German, Polish etc) life from 16th century to the present time.

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Sacramento, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

I am so glad that I made the time to visit the Lower East Side Tenement Musuem. I booked two tours for the day, as each floor is a different experience and is shown separately. The Hard Times tour (which I believe they said is the most popular tour) walks through tenements that have been refurbished to reflect the lives... More 

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

This is one of my favorite museums in NYC. Whenever we have people visit I always recommend this. The tour guides are top notch, very knowledgable and friendly. They have multiple tours to choose from so I keep going back.

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san ramon,ca
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

Amazing tours! Our guides were fantastic, giving insight into all the socio economics and landscape of NYC during the beginning of the immigration. The tours sell out. Book online before your trip. Would not recommend for kids under 10 or in hot, humid weather.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

I found this museum in the Lonely Planet and can say it is a must see while in New York. The guide takes you into the tenement housing for approx 1.5 hours to give you a real appreciation of the living and working conditions of New York immigrants in the 1850s. Very professionally organized by friendly and knowledgeable volunteers at... More 

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Denver, CO
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

I loved seeing a different side of history - extremely personal and private. Our tour guide, Elena, was very knowledgeable and engaging. She encouraged conversation. HIghly recommend this!

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

We enjoyed our visit to the Tenement Museum. We chose the Sweatshop Workers tour. We had a great guide who was very knowledgeable. Highly recommend taking this tour and visiting the museum.

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

If you visit and enjoy Ellis Island, then this museum is a must. You select a floor of the carefully and authentically restored building to visit and a very knowledgeable guide talks you through the history of an immigrant family who lived there. We visited the Irish family's home and really felt for the plight of our ancestors. It really... More 

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Lower East Side
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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