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Museum at Eldridge Street

Address: 12 Eldridge Street, Between Canal and Division Streets, New York City, NY 10002 (Formerly Eldridge Street Synagogue) (Chinatown)
Phone Number: +1 212-219-0888
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Ranked #58 of 1,620 things to do in New York City
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Religious sites, Museums, Sights & Landmarks
Owner description: Historic 127 year old synagogue in the Lower East Side.
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Type: Religious sites, Museums, Sights & Landmarks
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Sun - Thu 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Fri 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Owner description: Historic 127 year old synagogue in the Lower East Side.

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Alamo, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015 NEW

Our family really enjoyed our tour at Eldridge Street. The synagogue is restored to its glory, the staff was friendly and informed

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Maryville, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

This beautiful purpose-built synagogue, located in the middle of Chinatown, deserves far more attention than it has garnered so far. I took a taxi, and promptly gathered that he had never heard of it. (It's on Eldridge street between Canal and Division). Inside, I was created by friendly people, and brought to sit and watch three short clips about the... More 

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Bucyrus, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

This synagogue evokes the era of "Marjorie Morningstar" and novels of Chaim Potok and Bernard Malamud when Jewish immigrant families flooded the neighborhood. It has been exquisitely restored and the stained glass window designed by Kiki Smith takes your breath away. Besides the awe-inspiring architecture, the interior stuns one with such admiration for our ancestors who settled and established themselves... More 

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2015

One of the last remaining remnants of Jewish life on the Lower East Side, once home to over 1 million Jews. The Eldridge St. Synagogue has been restored and its quite a beautiful place.

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Washington DC
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2015

If you like architecture you should see this building. Built in the 1880s as a synagogue in the then mostly Jewish lower east side it is a beautiful example of what can be done with wood and glass and a little bit of marble. People who are interested in history will also enjoy it just from the impact that the... More 

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Huntington Beach, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015 credit card Amex Card Member Review

This nearly century-old synagogue on the lower East Side of Manhattan is gloriously restored to capture the flavor of that era. It is also a reservoir of culture and religion. We saw a klezmer concert that was lovely.

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Buffalo, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

Visited while waiting for our time to come up for our tickets to the Statue of Liberty--and it's a gorgeous little place! A tour is included in the price of admission. Our guide was new, so he was a little rough around the edges, but everyone has to start somewhere. You can tell a lot of love went into the... More 

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Spanish Fort, Alabama
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2014

We visited on Christmas Day. Enjoyed the Klez for Kids concert (without any of our kids) and then took the tour of the synagogue. Beautiful place and well worth the entrance fee for the tour. On a quiet side street in Chinatown. You won't be sorry if you go. There are also some interactive displays in the lower floor area... More 

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Tel Aviv, Israel
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2014

The Eldridge synagogue looks very much like a grand European cathedral. It's a beautiful building from both the outside and the inside, and its history, as explained in both the displays and the hourly guided tour (included in the price), is fascinating. The few excellent interactive displays allow you to play with different elements of the building history and of... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

The museum is stunning. But another reason to visit is to learn its history. The congregation boomed from the 1880s until 1924, when Jewish immigration to the US was stopped by Congress. As members moved onto better neighborhoods, the congregation started dwindling. By the 1950's it could not afford to pay the heat, so the glorious upper floors were boarded... More 

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