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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 #66 of 859 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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London, United Kingdom
16 reviews 16 reviews
7 attraction reviews
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
19 reviews 19 reviews
5 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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37 attraction reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
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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9 reviews 9 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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42 reviews 42 reviews
15 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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75 reviews 75 reviews
38 attraction reviews
58 helpful votes 58 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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Stockport, United Kingdom
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60 attraction reviews
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014

The lady on the desk at Eldridge was so lovely she explained that we were too late for a tour as it was now 4.50pm and they closed at 5pm, but she said that we were welcome to go and have a look inside for 10 mins and she asked the young guy working there to run upstairs to the... More

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Jerusalem, Israel
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70 attraction reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2014

We had a one hour tour with Rosa and it was very interesting, especially if you are interested in the history of the lower east side from a Jewish point of view. Rosa really gave us a feeling for the history of the area and the congregation. the building has been lovingly restored.

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Glens Falls, New York
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60 reviews 60 reviews
16 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2014

This is a beautiful and historical place of worship whose story is very much aligned with the history of the Lower East Side. My husband, who is not a fan of museums, very much enjoyed the tour as did I. Our tour guide (Courtney) did an excellent job of sharing the history of this building. Visiting the Tenement Museum first... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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21 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2014

A beautiful gem in the middle of shops and houses.... What an amazing restoration and the history of the building is wonderful. I was really looking forward to my visit and I wasn't disappointed. I was there with a friend who wasn't really keen on going but he was really impressed with the tour and the Synagogue as a whole.... More

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