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Tenement Museum

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Address: 103 Orchard Street, Lower East Side, New York City, NY 10002
Phone Number: +1 877-975-3786
10:00 am - 6:30 pm
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Thu 10:00 am - 8:30 pm
Fri - Wed 10:00 am - 6:30 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

The Tenement Museum preserves the history of immigration through the...

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 a different area of the building or neighborhood.

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So glad we went- awesome tour!

We loved our tour- excellent guide who blended current events with history, full of enlightening facts and really interesting neighborhood.

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
Rob M
Andover, Massachusetts
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Andover, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We loved our tour- excellent guide who blended current events with history, full of enlightening facts and really interesting neighborhood.

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Bath, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

I did the Irish outsiders tour which was interesting and informative - it was very very hot that day and a good insight into what life without zircon in non ventilated space was like. Informative discussion. Don't miss the film it is a great insight into the lower east side and the shop and meeting point is great and has... More 

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Belfast, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

In visiting the Tenement Museum I hoped to leave with a real understanding of how the building evolved and how it was used by successive waves of immigrants. I wanted to get a sense of the shape, space and fabric of the building. I really wanted a visual experience. If that sounds like what you'd like to experience too then... More 

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Swindon, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Great little museum describing the life of immigrants arriving in New York. Well informed guides and good displays. Great for children as the museum really brings the way of life to life! Good shop selling lots of books I can't get in the UK.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

There is a reason the Tenement Museum sells out of tickets in advance, it's brilliant, one of the best museums I have visited. You can book tickets online. There are several tour options to choose from. We did "Irish Outsiders" our tour guide was fantastic, she really brought everything to life. I can't remember her name but she is from... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I love history so I was interested to hear about came to America 200 years ago and made the country to become the great nation that America is today. I'm quite sure that the mix of all those nations - Italian Irish Jews German est. was critical and made the American nation the first in our world today.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Really enjoyed this after learning about the horrid conditions in middle school/high school history classes. I liked that they told the stories of the families that actually lived there... however, aside from building regulations not sure apartments in NYC are any larger than they were 100 years ago :(

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This Museum was not on our list and we went back for a second (different tour). The tour guides are enthusiastic and knowledgeable. The life of immigrants in NYC's Lower East Side will leap to life. Only 15 people per tour. Book early!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Second walking tour of the lower east side offered by this museum that I've taken. I took three teenagers with me this time, but I needn't have worried that they'd find it dull - they all rated it as one of the highlights of their trip to NYC. Also, the museum shop is one of my all-time favourite places to... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The Tenement museum was very interesting. It was a little confusing to figure out which tours to go on and since each tour was at least $20, a visit with a family could be quite costly. We had one tour guide who was fantastic and one who was average and difficult to hear. The one who was difficult to hear... More 

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Straddling the bridge between New York’s thriving immigrant past and its modern transformation into a beacon of global art and culture, the Lower East Side is one of the most dynamic neighborhoods in the city. The blocks of tenements that represented the promise 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 shops of Orchard Street, you’ll find hip clubs, fashionable bistros, and luxury hotels beckoning at all hours of the evening. If you love nightlife and live music, it’s hard to beat the scene here.
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