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Tenement Museum

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Lower East Side
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Address: 103 Orchard St, Lower East Side, New York City, NY 10002-3102
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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This place is amazing! Wonderful tour guides and great history. I want to go back and take some of the other tours! Really makes you think!

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
Marion, Indiana
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Marion, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

This place is amazing! Wonderful tour guides and great history. I want to go back and take some of the other tours! Really makes you think!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

This is a great museum that will take you back to the turn of the century and provide a glimpse of the conditions that took place in the last century as to how immigrant families lived and worked. It is well worth doing this for anybody who values and appreciates history

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Liberty, Missouri
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We went on the Hard Times Tour. The guide was knowledgeable. Having had grandparents live through this time, we did not gain much new info.

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Tel Aviv, Israel
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

After reading "A Museum of Extraordinary Things", a novel set in early 1900 NYC, I found myself interested in learning more about the early history of NYC and the immigrant populations that lived there. I am an immigrant to Israel myself, amd in light of all of the refugee and immigration issues arising today around the world, I very much... More 

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Rockville, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Really enjoyed our tour at the Tenement museum. We took the sweatshop workers tour. Our educator/tour guide was really top notch, engaging, smart, and professional. The tour was perfect at 1 hour and was so informative. We really learned a lot and were moved by the families' stories. Highly recommend

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New York, NY
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This museum paints a realistic view of what life was like in NYC in early 1900's. They have a quick 10 min movie to provide some background and then you meet a guided tour to be allowed into the building. Stairs are narrow so this is not for people that are not agile. However, the history is fascinating and provides... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Loved the tour of being in 2 very small apartments where people ran home businesses and lived. Leaned a lot about human resilience and strength. Critical story of Jewish immigration and history of the lower east side.

Thank LarryGVancouver
Rochester, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I have always known that my grandparents were raised on the lower East Side. My paternal grandmother read The Forward regularly. She and my grandfather's relatives spoke Yiddish, but it was not taught to my generation.. Visiting the museum allowed me to see what their lives must have been like, in a way that words alone could never describe. It... More 

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Norwalk, Connecticut
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Pick one of their presentations each time you go. You can't do it all in one day. It was interesting to see how an apartment looked, and learn about the shoddy practices that tradespeople had which contributed to people's poor health and mortality. A real family was used as an example.

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Summersville, West Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Wow, I had no idea that their living quarters were as primitive as they were . They had not toilets at first, then the landlord put in 3 outhouses for the immigrants who lived in the 3 stories . Each family had 2 rooms/maybe 3 at most. So many fires were had since the coal and wood burning containers did... 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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