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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)
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Ranked #25 of 633 Attractions in New York City
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Religious Sites, Museums
Owner description: Historic 127 year old synagogue in the Lower East Side.
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Type: Religious Sites, Museums
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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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New York
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16 reviews 16 reviews
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42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
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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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
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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29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
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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DC
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129 helpful votes 129 helpful votes
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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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
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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Brooklyn, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014 via mobile

I visited this great museum/synagogue with my family and was amazed by this beautifully restored and renovated building. For anyone who is interested in New York culture this museum is must see.This place is continously open since 1888 and we were glad to discover another treasure in our great city.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

Very beautiful restoration and tour was wonderful.The best time to visit is the late afternoon when the sunlight streams through the windows.

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Royal Tunbridge Wells, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014

An absolutely delightful morning spent at this stunning restored synagogue, such a fascinating and involving tour, followed by time and space to fully explore this architectural gem in the heart of Chinatown.

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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014

This excellent museum is packed with the history of the Lower West Side residents with particular reference to the Jewish Faith where this building housed the first great Synagogue built by the East European Jews in America. There are fascinating exhibits explaining the history and an added bonus are the friendly helpful staff. To add to our pleasure, on the... More 

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