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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
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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We opted for the walking tour "The Lower East Side: Then and Now" and we had such an excellent guide. She brought everything to life and two hours flew by. I learnt about... read more

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We opted for the walking tour "The Lower East Side: Then and Now" and we had such an excellent guide. She brought everything to life and two hours flew by. I learnt about tenements, low income housing, subsidized housing and how entire blocks of the LES were razed in order to make huge buildings. All fascinating.

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We have all seen the congested photos of downtown NYC of the ethnic tenements that often was the first stop of many immigrant stories. These tours add much more of the experience and energy of the process and the refection of the continuing flow. I never appreciated the German wave and how deeply it effected the American experience from its... More 

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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I attended two tours at the Tenement Museum while visiting NYC, and I had a wonderful time. The walk around the neighbourhood provided insights into the life of the community during the period the tenement was in use (1860 - 1935). It was a great way to better understand the dynamics of the lives of the residents. The interior tour... More 

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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We took back-to-back tours, so we were there for three hours straight, but it never got boring. We did Irish Outsiders and then Hard Times, which are essentially the stories of real Irish and then Jewish and Italian immigrant families who stayed in the very tenement we toured. Being of Irish descent and having done a bit of research on... More 

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Madison, Wisconsin
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We did the Tenement Museum a bit on a lark (we had an afternoon to kill) and boy am I glad we did! It is a museum based in an old tenement housing building which was basically abandoned in the 1920s, sealed up and not touched until the museum got it. They have refurbished some of the rooms to reflect... More 

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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Interested in learning more about our Country and how NY played such an important role in immigration, fashion, and daily life? The Tenement Museum is such a great place. The cost is reasonable, the guides are wonderful and extremely knowledgeable.

Thank Robert C
Nashville, Tennessee
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This museum explains and shows us how many immigrants lived when they came to this country. The museum has several tours and programs from which to choose. It has a short video to watch while you wait for your tour. The buildings you visit on this tour are where the immigrants actually lived. It gave me an idea of how... More 

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Our group of six (4 adults and 2 teenagers) very much enjoyed the "Shop Life" Tour. The tour was engaging and interactive. You will develop a real understanding of the politics and daily life of the immigrants who called this area home. The museum is well run. We purchased tickets online the same day as our tour. Check out the... More 

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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

We participated in the "shop life" tour and found it interesting and engaging. Upon getting our tickets, we were advised to peruse the gift shop while we wait for the tour to start. In our perusing, we didn't hear the announcement that the tour had started and we missed the first 10 minutes due to this miscommunication. I don't know... More 

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This was my first visit to the museum. There are several tours, each based on a family the lived in the tenement. Our tour guide was very interesting and well informed. Highly recommend.

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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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