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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 - 8:30 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 walk in the park NYC style

This amazing and unique parkland built on an antique raised train line lets you walk north or south near the Hudson avoiding traffic and any commercial influence. Good in summer... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 4, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015 NEW

This amazing and unique parkland built on an antique raised train line lets you walk north or south near the Hudson avoiding traffic and any commercial influence. Good in summer obviously, but also nice in Winter when gardens show us how to weather this otherwise nasty snow season.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015 NEW

We went on the sweatshop tour and it was a disappointment. The content was mostly irrelevant and we left not really learning much. It may have been because of our guide. Loved the gift shop though.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015 NEW

This museum keeps getting better and better. They add new tours often, and I have been to several, even the "same" one twice. But they are never the exact same. The docents are historians and know a lot about their subject. The bookstore, which has all kinds of books for adults and children on the immigrant experience (but also other... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015 NEW

Took two tours here. Our first guide we had a bit of a hard time as my guest is 90 and doesn't hear so well. We were the only two people at that time on the tour. The second I did was at night and a blast. This is in a great area of NY, lots of different shops, not... More 

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Morin Heights, Canada
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015 NEW

Reserved tickets on line to visit the Tenement Museum in NYC. Reserved tickets for a 1 1/2 hour guided tour entitled "Shop Life". It cost $25 per person. The tour consisted in the visit of a basement pub of the building. That space is 20 feet by 60 feet and it consists of a small replica of a pub of... More 

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW

The Lower East Side Tenement Museum (the full name of this place in case you're trying to look it up somewhere else) is an absolute gem. Dedicated to telling the stories of the families who lived in museum's preserved tenement on Orchard Street and the larger story of immigration in this area in the late 19th and early 20th centuries,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW

I loved this place. Not like a museum. You get to go in a tenement & meet a character who lived there. Actress was great. Really felt like a step back in time. I will go back & meet another character next time.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 NEW

This was a real highlight of our week in New York. Extremely well organised museum with various tours available. We chose "hard times" which was a comprehensive tour of a section of the house and an insight into the lives of the actual families that lived here. It was respectful yet educational and enlightening. Thoroughly recommended and we considered it... More 

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Kennebunkport, Maine
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 NEW

Tenement Museum is a one of a kind. It tells the story of millions of immigrants through the lives of several families who at one time lived in the building on Orchard St. The guides are well trained and the museum is very carefully planned and well executed. We enjoyed it so much we went back a second day and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

This tour was so interesting. It gave a detailed account of what life must have been like, including a recorded interview with a woman who lived in the flat as a child.

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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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