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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 #34 of 851 attractions in New York City
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: History Museums
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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Dayton, Ohio
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

We enjoyed this experience very much. We chose two tours: The Shop Life and The Irish Experience. I ordered our tickets the evening before our tours. There was no problem handling the website. Tours are frequent and easy to schedule. The history of the Lower East Side is shown through the stories of the settlers themselves. This technique drew us... More

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San Gabriel, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

I went to this museum two days in a row. I first did the Shop Life tour on my own. It was about 90 minutes and had a great history of the property as well as the people who ran businesses there. The second day I went with a friend and we did the Hard Times tour and saw where... More

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW via mobile

I really enjoyed this. We chose the Irish Experience tour partly because it was ready when we were and partly because of our Irish ancestry. Frankly, all of the tours sounded interesting and any would have been great . It should be noted that the museum is spread out over several buildings, with a different type tour for each. One... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

I'm taking a history class where we read about the tenements of the Lower East Side and being the history buff I am, I had to visit. I called up to make my reservation. The rep on the phone was extremely helpful and courteous. I was given a confirmation number to use on my arrival to the museum. The museum... More

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

Everyone knows that the US is built on immigrants right? The Ellis Island stuff. the waves of immigrants - Irish, Germans, East european Jew, Italians …. This great museum, just off the Bowery and Delancey Street in the Lower East Side (where many immigrants started (and continue to start) their US adventures) dramatises that story focusing on some of the... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

My family of five just visited the Tenement Museum yesterday. There are several tours - each one visits a particular floor in the tenement. We chose the "Irish Outsiders" tour. Tickets were $25 per adult, $20 per person if you are a student or college student. There were 11 people on our tour. We spent a bit of time in... More

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Dublin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

Friends of ours had recommended that we visit the tenement museum when we were in NYC. While our tour was for 11.15 we knew there was a film so we came half an hour before hand which we would recommend visitors to do as well. The tour we took was the Outsiders tour and we found it every interesting and... More

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Chicago, IL
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

The only way to visit the museum is by joining a guided tour. The cost per person is $25, what makes it a little steep. We bought the "Sweatshop Workers". The tour is interesting and done in a nice way (with the census records adding a private history dimension to the exhibit). But I agree with some other reviewers about... More

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Jacksonville, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW via mobile

Enjoyed the tenement tour with my family. Was very thought provoking for everyone in our group. Wear comfy shoes. It's a walking/standing tour with plenty of stairs involved. Was amazing to see how the people lived and worked at that time period. Children should see the tour to gain new appreciation for many things including the fact that child labor... More

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Hartford, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

I have wanted to visit here for a long time. There are multiple tours you can take which focus on a different family's experience living in the actual building you are touring. The guides are very knowledgeable not only about the family but also about U.S. history and the global picture of the time period. It is like going back... More

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