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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 #24 of 616 Attractions 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
Hours:
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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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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New York
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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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Boston
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014 via mobile

A synagogue in the middle of Chinatown. Interesting history, take the free tour, runs most hours on the hour.

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Cherry Hill, NJ USA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

I had heard about this synagogue but had never visited. Wow! What a magnificent building. I strongly recommend.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

Took a tour with master docent Roberta, who was one of the better tour guides I've had in some time. The tour lasted over an hour and was informative. The new blue stained glass window is gorgeous. They just completed the first floor renovation earlier this year.

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OTTAWA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

The Museum and Synagogue at Eldridge Street took our breath away! It was simply gorgeous. The tour with Clarice was fantastic and very informative. The tour started as a small group of 2 guests , which later only grew to 4. Clarice began by sitting with us at a table and offering us a fascinating talk about the synagogue, Jewish... More 

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Wales
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

Wow, what a find. I'm so, so glad I got to see this wonderful Synagogue near China Town. It's free with the New York Pass and such a lovely way to spend an hour. This building has been lovingly restored and is an absolute work of Art. It's history is fascinating and our Tour Guide shared a fascinating account of... More 

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