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Tenement Museum

103 Orchard St, Lower East Side, New York City, NY 10002-3102
+1 877-975-3786
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The Tenement Museum preserves the history of immigration through the personal accounts of those who built lives in the Lower East Side. Visitors can view restored apartments from the 19th and 20th centuries, walk the historic neighborhood, and interact with residents to learn the stories of generations of immigrants who helped shape the American experience. The museum is available by guided tour only. Each tour focuses on a specific theme and takes visitors to different areas of our two historic tenement buildings or neighborhood.
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Hours Today: 10:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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103 Orchard St, Lower East Side, New York City, NY 10002-3102
Lower East Side
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+1 877-975-3786
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Reviewed yesterday

A must for anyone to do, full of information, facts and an insight into how immigrants lived when they arrived in New York

Thank Richard C
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Wonderful tours of the tenements with great stories to tell of the building and immigrants that came to this country.

Thank ehauskens
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Had a great first experience at the Tenement Museum! Alexia was a tour guide and was excellent. I took the Sweatshop Workers tour that showed the home of a family that ran a "factory" out of their small apartment in the late 1800s. I can't...More

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Reviewed 3 days ago

Not to be missed when visiting NYC. You get a sense of what life was like for the immigrants coming into NY in the early part of the 20th century. The museum is broken up into ethnic apartments to show you how each of the...More

Thank Riverrat_11
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Tour was informative and well done. As decendents if Irish Immigrants it was fasinatinting to see how our relatives fared and survived. Definitely a must do when in NYC

Thank Stan-Claudia K
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Reviewed 4 days ago

I've been wanting to visit this museum for a long time and I finally did so on my recent trip to NYC. Besides the shop area, this museum itself and the tenement housing must be visited by a private tour. There are several tours to...More

Thank rcarril
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Reviewed 4 days ago

I have been to the museum three times to take in the multitude of tours they offer. This is not a movie set or or a mock-up of what life was. This is the real thing - undisturbed for decades before light was shed on...More

Thank Ghostrainchaser
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

We took the 90 minute shop life tour. I feel like the guide was knowledgeable but the 45 minutes spent in the “bar” was too much. It would have been more interesting if we spent more time at the end looking at the artifacts.

Thank Judy G
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a quite nice museum. They had multiple different types of house tours, but I think the tour is the same, but the story that a guide tells during the tour, changes. Tours were also almost sold out, so it might make sense to...More

Thank TomSjoberg
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A MUST DO when in NYC!! Was recommended to us by friends. We went on the “Shop Tour” - lasted 90 minutes. Will do other tours when we visit again. Our tour guide - Anna - very knowledgeable. A great piece of American history !!

Thank johnnyfrank66
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Lower East Side
Straddling the bridge between New York’s thriving
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beacon of global art and culture, the Lower East Side
is one of the most dynamic neighborhoods in the city.
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and blight of the Lower East Side immigrant experience
now command top dollar for new residents. Right next
to old-world delis, 24-hour bodegas, and the garment
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megatron4543
July 7, 2018|
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Response from lizscotta | Reviewed this property |
I was ready and prepared to see the world renown Bayeux tapestry. Unfortunately, I will remember it with a crying boy of 2 or 3 years old. I really wish that parents would not take children to museums. They are BORED and... More
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Sandy F
July 2, 2018|
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Response from nancy h | Reviewed this property |
If you are arriving in NY soon the heat index is a killer. Under one roof is all air conditioned and I don’t think the rest are. It will cover 3 different cultural experiences and also a sewing factory. I enjoyed it a lot... More
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