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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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If you can handle stairs, Go!

Great storytelling, and probably the best house museum I've seen. Really fascinating tales, and great staging with bonafide period furnishings and some authentic pieces. Gives you... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 3, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015 NEW

Great storytelling, and probably the best house museum I've seen. Really fascinating tales, and great staging with bonafide period furnishings and some authentic pieces. Gives you a true sense of immigrant life in early NYC. Very informed tour guides and well done tours.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015 NEW

The subway line was closed on the particular day we decided to visit the museum so ended up arriving late. Very unhelpful just wouldn't put us on another tour so a total waste off our money and time trying to get there in 35 degree heat. Go elsewhere where staff are more accommodating.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015 NEW

A great slice of preserved history. We visited Ellis Island the day after the Tenement Museum and gained a greater appreciation of the people that made this country great.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015 NEW

Who settled and what did they do. This is the real history of the city that is quickly being lost by all the new building. Go before it too is lost to the crazy real estate market destroying the fabric of the city.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015 NEW

Without a doubt, a highlight of our visit to NYC! Every single visitor to the City, and every single American would be well served to spend an hour here. The perspective on the lives of our fore-fathers is without equal... Whether your particular ancestors lived in NYC or not. Also a valuable perspective on today's immigration debate, should that be... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015 NEW

We attended the after hours tour and reception with a tour group. The tour of the tenement house was excellent! The house is maintained close to the time period that it was inhabited. The stories of two families who lived in the building are used to explain the immigrant experience. Because it is close to "original conditions," there is no... More 

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Arlington, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015 NEW

The Lower East Side Tenement Museum is your typical museum. It's an actual tenement building that's been partially restored to show different periods in the story of immigration through NYC. It is a fascinating look back in time. Begin with a short film in the back of the gift shop, which tells the stories of various immigrant groups with authentic... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015 NEW

If you have any interest in life as an immigrant this is a Must See. It was fascinating, and so easy to imagine what life was like 100 years ago. I thought about it for days afterwards. Worth every minute and every dollar.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015 NEW

We enjoyed learning about all the different waves of immigrants who crossed the threshold at 97 Orchard Street, starting with the German immigrants in 1863. The exhibit is set up in such a way that you can almost "feel" what it might have been like living and working in the neighborhood. We especially liked being able to see all the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015 NEW

A visit to the Tenement Museum is like a walk back into history. It provides a visual record of how immigrants from the early 20th century lived in these very small tenement homes. As a child of Jewish immigrants, it was so interesting to see the cramped and tiny spaces these families lived in. There are many photographs from this... More 

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Additional Information about Tenement Museum

Address: 103 Orchard Street, Lower East Side, New York City, NY 10002
Phone Number: +1 877-975-3786
Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  New York City>  > Lower East Side
Open Hours:
Sunday 10:00 am - 6:30 pm
Monday 10:00 am - 6:30 pm
Tuesday 10:00 am - 6:30 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am - 6:30 pm
Thursday 10:00 am - 8:30 pm
Friday 10:00 am - 6:30 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 6:30 pm

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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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