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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 #36 of 873 Attractions in New York City
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: History Museums, Museums
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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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Tel Aviv, Israel
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87 reviews 87 reviews
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29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014 NEW via mobile

A unique and very original museum that is a must see for people who wish to better understand the nature and history of New York City and America. Unlike most museum this museum has a very unique mode of operation. Booking must be done online only. Recommended to book advance. Allow at least 2 1/2 hours and make you sure... More

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London, United Kingdom
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014 NEW

This was such an excellent exhibition that I really wished I'd had more time there. Set in an old Lower East Side tenement block, there are several tours that you can take around the local area and within the building. Some of the building has been left as it was when found derelict in the 1990's, but some has been... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014 NEW

The Lower East Side is home to so many historical references in this continuously modernizing city that it's difficult to choose a favorite but the Tenement Museum is definitely one of the best examples of social history I have seen. As the dark narrow passageways give way to the light living quarters of the upper floors there is the deceptive... More

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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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29 attraction reviews
202 helpful votes 202 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014 NEW

Interactive learning in this authentic environment generates a real sense of empathy-particularly where there is shared experience of immigration.To my mind, although pricey this museum's ticket is best bought by those with open hearts and some familial shared history. I connected completely with the story of the German saloon owners lives and appreciated the passion of our guide Emily whose... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014 NEW

I went on the Hard Times Discussion/ Tour with my wife and teenage daughter. It was our first visit to New York and I wanted us to get a feel for the multicultural history of the city and thought this may be a good place to start. We were in a group of a dozen or so members and were... More

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Leominster, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

My boyfriend and I decided to go to the Tenement Museum on November 12, 2014 as a part of our whirlwind tour of New York City. I wanted to get information on tenement living as I am writing a paper for one of my classes and we decided to make the 5 hour trek to the Museum. We had the... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

Thought that this was the highlight of a recent trip. Interesting even for our 13 year old daughter, very interesting for the grown-ups. History of a remarkable time in America. It was hard to believe a family lived in those apartments - small.

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Annapolis, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

I took the Hard Times tour and found it be really interesting. The museum had researched specific families that had lived in the apartments we visited and shared their stories. It made the tour a lot more interesting. In one apartment we actually got to hear a portion of an interview with someone who had actually lived in the apartment.... More

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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5 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

First of all, I grew up in NYC. Never visited the Tenement Museum - didn't know there was one! I remember going shopping with my grandmother on Delancey and Orchard streets as a kid. Only discovered this place because I took my GF for a visit to New York and we were looking for unique places. Didn't hurt that this... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

I took the Thursday Night Food in the Neighborhood tour / discussion. Starts with a brief tour to get the feel of the living area, then moves to a classroom set up to sample foods still being made in the neighborhood by small businesses. The tour guide kept it interesting and encouraged the group to speak about food in their... More

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