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Tenement Museum

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Address: 103 Orchard St, Lower East Side, New York City, NY 10002-3102
Phone Number: +1 877-975-3786
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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
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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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I can not say enough about this museum. My husband and I did three of their tours in one day - only bc we were in town for just a couple of days. It's a MUST DO if you go to NYC.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

I can not say enough about this museum. My husband and I did three of their tours in one day - only bc we were in town for just a couple of days. It's a MUST DO if you go to NYC.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Visiting the Tenement Museum is a great way to step back in time. The tours are so informative and interesting that you will want to come back and do every one of them. My favorite tour was the one about families living in the tenement, called Hard Times. It was such an touching experience that I actually cried at the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We had a great visit here. Bought tickets online which was easy. We opted for an early tour at 10.15 and there were just 10 of us on the Irish Outsiders tour which was really interesting. Our tour guide Ali was very knowledgeable and enthusiastic and she involved the group throughout. I would defiantly visit another tour at this museum... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The Museum is well worth a visit. You can sign up for several different type of tours. The Sweat Shop and German Pub were very interesting and informative.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This museum, even for a history buff, has all the right features. It is interactive, informative, honest and ends in a good bookshop. It was also structured so that you were only on a particular tour for enough time that you did not get museum fatigue. Couldn't recommend more highly.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

I was there on one of the days that the tenements are reenacted by actors and we are journalists discovering what life was like at different times in it's history. Very interesting and fun to do.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

My husband was here on business so I walked the city on my own during the day. I love the Lower East Side where this museum is based. You get a great sense of what old New York is about. The guide was really knowledgeable and personable. He knew the answers to all the questions our group raised. You go... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

The building has been researched as to what life was like for various immigrant groups. The Irish tour focuses on a family who lived in the building. The guide took us through two apartments on the 4th floor of the building. She was very animated and knowledgeable. Especially good for younger people who have little concept of the immigrant experience.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Step back in time and re-live what immigrant life was like on the lower east side in the 19th and 20th centuries. Excellent guides bring history to life. Both of my tours took place within the original tenement building; restored apartments, businesses of past residents Length of tour depends upon the experience you choose. I have enjoyed the Hard Times... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We enjoyed our tour very much, and the piece we saw of the museum was a fascinating glimpse into the lives of two immigrant families ("HardTimes"tour). Our guide was knowledgeable, too, though a bit impatient. Entrance for two kids and two adults, though, cost $100! For this we only got to see one floor of the tenement building, which has... More 

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Lower East Side
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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