This is a hidden Gem in NYC. The Lower East Side has come a long way since I first started visiting in the early 80s. It is nothing like it used to be and it most certainly is nothing like it used to be at the turn of the century. But this museum will take you back a hundred years and you will learn what it was like to be an immigrant in the area a century ago. First off, the price is somewhat high, $22 for a tour. I am a frugal traveler and wondered if it was worth it. Let me tell you that it is well worth it! Why? Well you get a guided tour and the tour is limited to a dozen people. The tour of the building is limited to one or two apartments but what I liked is that the tour guide gives you a comprehensive description and then you can discuss within the group what your thoughts and opinions are regarding the apartment that you are in. They also have census records and other historical records for you to view and discuss. Quite simply it will be an amazing experience for you to see the small portion of the museum that is shown during your tour. They have multiple tours, some cover the Irish experience, others cover the Jewish experience and others cover the garment experience. Each tour will set you back $22 but one should be enough for you to get your feel for what it was like to live in the house a century ago. Visit their webpage before you go. The tours sell out quickly because people book on the internet., I went on a Sunday and everything was sold out--I came back early the next day and arrived about 1030 and the earliest tour I was able to get was 2:30PM. There are no discounts so buy your tickets online and guarantee your time so that you maximize your visit to the museum. The museum has a wonderful shop for you to browse while you wait for your tour. They have clean bathrooms in the basement of the store if you need to use the rest room and they have free lockers for you to store your bags before you go on the tour. They do not allow you to take pictures but their website has tons of them. But you will not really get their meaning until you take one of their tours. My tour was about the Garment experience and I learned about the two families that lived in the apartments that I visited. Also the museum shop has a 30 minute film about the area on a continuous loop for you to watch while you wait for your tour. I highly recommend this museum, I am very picky and was not disappointed!
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