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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)
212.219 0888
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Ranked #56 of 830 attractions in New York City
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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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Wisconsin
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34 reviews 34 reviews
21 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

I am for the most part an anti-tour person so when I happen upon one as I did earlier today I want to tell others about it. I met guides Hannah and Amy at the beautifully restored Eldridge Street Synagogue along with about twenty or more others for what was called a lower east side Passover nosh and stroll. Prior... More

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Vonore, Tennessee
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103 helpful votes 103 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2014

We were in NYC for a week and were trying to visit several neighborhoods. I read this Museum was situated in the midst of Chinatown. It was an easy walk from the subway stop (maybe 2 blocks), but it took some time to get there from our other destinations and I would not have added it to our list of... More

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Petit Paris, Bretagne, France
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2014

Was enlightened and awed by this beautiful synagogue and it's history, architecture, stories and sheer, stunning loveliness. My guide shared so much information and I found all of it intensely interesting. After twenty years and $20 million spent for renovations the building looks almost like it was freshly made even though it was finished in 1887. First learned about it... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2014

Our family visited this stunningly beautiful place during a self-planned walking tour of "off the beaten path" places in the New York City environs. The tour guide we were fortunate enough to have - Leah - was knowledgeable, informed and clearly loved the building and its stories. Located in an immigrant neighborhood on the lower East Side, it sits as... More

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sydney
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36 reviews 36 reviews
9 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2014 via mobile

Today I visited this gorgeous museum, a short walk from Canal street subway. It's exquisite and the volunteers who I dealt with were just lovely and incredibly patient with my naive questions about the building & the religion. I'm surprised that this is not as well known as a must see New York destination.. I think it definitely should be..... More

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Haifa, Israel
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2013

This tour is billed as a hot cider tour--too bad it was such a warm day for December. A lovely young lady, Sarah, led our tour by describing the history of the beautiful Eldridge St. Synagogue and the process of renovation. We then walked around the neighbourhood and visited the Forwards building, a pickle store, a bialy bagel bakery, and... More

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Brussels, Belgium
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2013

We visited the synagogue and had the free tour at 10am which was really great. The young woman guiding us showed us the different interesting things inside, told us about the history of the place and the reconstruction. The blue stained glass window is - according to us- just stunning. It was really worth it!

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Jerusalem, Israel
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2013

This ranks with the historical 19th century synagogues of Europe and Israel as well worth a visit. Visitors of any religion will find a beautiful and graceful spiritual space. The modern stained glass may be jarring to some, but a synagogue is not meant to be a period piece. The museum also tells the story of immigrants to America, eager... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2013

The synagogue is an amazingly beautiful reconstruction. The lights, the craftmanship, the stained glass window. the sense of history. Just beautiful and so actually a very spiritual setting -- no matter what your religion. It used to be in the middle of the Jewish Lower East Side, but now is surrounded by Chinatown. A New York curiosity where cultures overlap.... More

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Rishon Lezion, Israel
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2013

I was fortunate enough to happen upon the museum on Open House NY when it was free admission, but it definitely worth paying the ticket price for. I didn't even plan on visiting but am so glad I did. This museum is an incredible example of a restoration done right, and the most beautiful synagogue I've ever seen (I'm jewish).... More

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