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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 #19 of 633 Attractions in New York City
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: History Museums, 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...
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Attraction details
Type: History Museums, Museums
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Hours:
Thu 10:00 am - 8:30 pm
Fri - Wed 10:00 am - 6:30 pm
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.

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014 NEW

The Tenement Museum is my first suggestion for all visitors to NYC. This tenement housing has been refurbished room by room to recreate the lives of actual immigrant families that at one time lived in this apartment house. You learn the history of immigration in America through learning about these various families who came to America in different decades and... More 

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Key West, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014 NEW

There are four tours available. We opted for the "Hard Times" tour which took us through some of the old apartments in one of the tenement houses. The guide was full of information and had a lot of information on some of the tenants from the 1800's. In many cases, photos of the tenants were were passed around show while... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014 NEW

We visited the Tenement Museum with our family to get to know more about the lives of immigrants in the late 19th century. There are several tours that one can sign up and we chose the 'Hard Times' tour because it was the next available one. Hence it was quite a random choice. We were not disappointed. Our tour guide... More 

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stl mo
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014 NEW

Interesting place. Took the Hard Times Tour. Tour guide was great! Will come back for different tour next time in NYC.

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Mesquite NV
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014 NEW

Our visit was two separately-ticketed events. After absorbing as much information in the Visitor Center and Museum Shop on the ground floor, we were led to the tenement and up the stairs to a restored tenement where an Italian family had lived. Each tour focuses on a different immigrant group that lived in the tenements of the Lower East Side.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014 NEW via mobile

After reading all the reviews about this museum, we were having a hard time understanding what is there in the tours that is so exciting and worth the steep price. We are so glad we decided to go! The tour (we did the Irish one) was fascinating, as was the visit inside the building. Our guide Christine did an excellent... More 

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Overland Park, Kansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014 NEW via mobile

After a walking tour of SOHO, Little Italy, and Chinatown, we took the Hard Times tour. Our guide was excellent and brought the German and Italian families who lived in the tenement building on Orchard street to life. She engaged the group with questions about their own families.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014 via mobile

A very interesting museum. The guide who showed us round was very well informed on the history of life in the tenements. There are several different tours, well worth a visit

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Toledo, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014

This is a "must-do" for anyone who wonders about the past. How did they live? Where did they go to the bathroom? How large were the families? What kind of jobs did they have? How many children? The research done by this museum is amazing! I visited this museum about 10 years ago. There was no visitor center then but... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014

A very knowledgeable and articulate guide took us through the tenement apartments of a German and an Italian immigrant family. Being in the actual, cramped, and basically unrestored apartments took us back into their daily lives in this building at 97 Orchard Street on the Lower East Side in the late 1800's and early 1900's. One excellent feature of the... More 

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