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Museum at Eldridge Street

12 Eldridge Street, Between Canal and Division Streets, New York City, NY 10002 (Formerly Eldridge Street Synagogue) (Chinatown)
+1 212-219-0888
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Ranked #64 of 861 Attractions in New York City
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Religious Sites, Museums
Traveler Description: The Museum at Eldridge Street based in the National Historic Landmark Eldridge Street Synagogue, presents the culture, history and traditions of... more »
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Alamo, California
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36 reviews 36 reviews
6 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

I had done many of the typical touristy things in New York the past, so I found this on Tripadvisor and decided to visit and I am so glad I did! The location is what shocked me the most, I came out of the subway right in the middle of Chinatown and there was this unique looking building that obviously... More

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London, England, United Kingdom
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27 attraction reviews
74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

A stunning restoration of a previously derelict building, and a nice little tour about the Jewish history of the area thrown in as well. The main hall is beautiful and the stained glass window is not like anything I've seen before. If you're a fellow European who's bored of going to old churches all the time, try something different and... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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26 reviews 26 reviews
10 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

This synagogue/museum is a glimpse into the origins of the Lower East Side and Jewish immigrant experience. Free on Mondays (but donations gladly accepted). The restoration of this gem is a wonder regardless of your ethnicity. Some docents are better than others of course, and a working knowledge of Jewish practices will deepen the experience. But go anyway. What a... More

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

In the middle of the hustle and bustle of Chinatown, there is a beautiful synagogue that served the large Jewish community that came from Europe in the 19th century. The building has been beautifully restored and is still used today both as a synagogue and as a museum. The people who work there are very friendly. Our tour guide shared... More

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London, United Kingdom
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

A bit of a hidden gem this one. New York City has fantastic views of the cityscape from the bridges and skyscrapers but here is a cultural and architectural gem... exquisite stained glass windows and pews which are best viewed whilst taking a short tour of the building. Free on Monday, $12 otherwise.

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White River Junction, Vermont
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5 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

Step off the busy streets of Chinatown and enter the past...what must have been an oasis back when it was built. Interesting tour, good exhibit with great computer interactives. It really added a lot our day and was a great followup to the Tenement Museum. How wonderful it has been restored.

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Orlando, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

I am not Jewish, but I enjoyed this Museum so much. I also learned a lot. My husband had read about this Museum in the New York Times and when I went ot New York to visit, I made a point to see this Museum. It is all the way in Chinatown, almost to the Battery. It is stuck at... More

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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

An interesting museum/synagogue. Very nice interactive computer programs. Tour was informative, fun and well paced. Worth the time and money.

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Kansas City, Missouri
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52 reviews 52 reviews
20 attraction reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

This was a lovely, lovely place. Old and beautiful with gorgeous windows. Try to plan your visit for right when they open. The sun shining through the central window is spectacular, though it makes it very hard to take a picture. :) More NYC details at my travel blog: http://www.travelswithstinky.com/

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massachusetts
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38 attraction reviews
77 helpful votes 77 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014

How lucky we are that this beautiful historic synagogue was saved and restored. As you walk through the lower east side you see the remnants of many lost synagogues, which is interesting in itself, but here you can see the beauty and history of a vibrant culture that is mostly gone. The tour of the temple was wonderful and informative,... More

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