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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
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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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We've been to the Tenement Museum several times and always found it interesting. This time we took the Sweat Shop tour and weren't disappointed.

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
Cynthia L
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Walpole, Massachusetts

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Walpole, Massachusetts
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11 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We've been to the Tenement Museum several times and always found it interesting. This time we took the Sweat Shop tour and weren't disappointed.

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New York City, New York
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6 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

An amazing experience. Not to be missed. I bring all out of town guests here because it is like going back in time.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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77 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

I discovered this museum by chance when I was planning my next visit to NYC. I had been in most of the art museums many times and was looking for something different when I found it during a search. It sounded compelling but I did not expect the tour to be so fascinating and informative. The guides are passionate and... More 

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Berkeley, California
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Recommend this lovely museum to all out of towners. Get to know the history of New York through vignettes into the triumphs and struggles of New Yorkers.

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New York City, New York
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21 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

America is a country of immigrants, and everyone should visit this museum. It's very meaningful to see the actual living conditions and to hear the stories!

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Annapolis, Maryland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 105 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I’m a native New Yorker, but I was blown away (and a bit embarrassed) by how much I learned about my own city over the course of an hour-long tour here. With multiple tour types to choose from, we opted for the Sweatshop Workers tour, focused on the occupants of a tenement during the late 19th- and early 20th-century. While... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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28 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We have enjoyed two visits and tours and both were extremely interesting and well done. The opportunity to go in to an original tenement and see how they were lived in in the past as well as to hear select stories of the actual people who loved there was fascinating. All ages seemed to like it. Very much recommend.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 124 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Absolutely loved this museum. We took the "Hard Times" tour as it seemed the best one for first timers. Our guide was engaging and a great storyteller; she held everyone enthralled with stories of the two families who lived in the apartments we visited. I really liked that they did not restore the while building. A portion of it was... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I had an hour or so to chill before Barrio Chino opened so I stopped by. It has some of the great history of NYC. I stayed until it was closing time.

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Brisbane, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

New York's history is built on immigrants - and this tour reveals a genuinely moving insight into the struggles and challenges these real people and families had to endure to survive. A unique and memorable experience.

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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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