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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 a different area of the building or neighborhood.
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  • Very good19%
  • Average5%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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Hours Today: 10:00 AM - 8:30 PM
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
103 Orchard St, Lower East Side, New York City, NY 10002-3102
Lower East Side
+1 877-975-3786
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Reviewed February 14, 2016

This was a great museum highlighting the difficult times of immigrants in the late 19th century. I could have done with less discussion among the tour and more of the tour guide giving us information, but overall it was very informative. Tip: Make sure to...More

Thank 326Traveller
Reviewed February 13, 2016

I have been on two Tenement Museum walking tours and found both of them absolutely fascinating. The guides are knowledgeable and well spoken. They help one to see details that would otherwise be unknown and missed. They bring to life what New York was like...More

Thank woodside105
Reviewed February 13, 2016 via mobile

If u want to be back at school again, go here! So cheesy. I just wanted to look round myself, yeah sure go ahead give us some info, but trying to get us to be part of a childish play .... Noway. Had to walk...More

5  Thank Jellybeansalad
Reviewed February 13, 2016

The Tenement museum and various tours offer a well told tale of immigrants life in New York, as well as their contribution to the fabric of America. Very relevant these days. Adults and kids alike...locals and tourists. A don't miss, if you're in the big...More

Thank Diane A
Reviewed February 12, 2016

IT gives you a unique personal experience of what life in the tenement would be like. Good place to go to to enhance your NY experience.

Thank E R
Reviewed February 12, 2016

If you are interested in american history and how inmigrants arrived and change this part of manhattan you have to come here. You can visit the building at Orchard Street, go inside the restored apartaments, and see how they lived, know their culture, you can...More

Thank camilalg88
Reviewed February 12, 2016

Booked the shop tour as it was the earliest one available (was flying home later that day). When I got there, there was only myself and another visitor booked on it. Our guide (can't remember his name, sorry) was excellent. Explained the whole history of...More

Thank Raz G
Reviewed February 11, 2016

Such a wonderful renovation project. Many different stories to hear and experience. The history of the tenement goes back to late 1800's and represents where immigrants stayed after first arriving in USA. Staff is very knowledgeable about the history of settlement of USA/New York. Great...More

Thank Viki W
Reviewed February 10, 2016

The beautiful preservation of the house from so many years ago makes this an intriguing and recommendable visit.

Thank Jess C
Reviewed February 10, 2016

In a city full of first rate museums, this one just might be my favorite. My husband and took the Hard Times tour almost 10 years ago and on a recent trip to NYC I decided to take my boys (8yo & 6yo) and my...More

Thank MrsProst
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
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October 10, 2017|
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Response from Bruce P | Reviewed this property |
Our tour concentrated on some Irish immigrants but German immigrants were mentioned because the Irish were a minority among the Germans. Which tells me there will be a lot about the German immigrants
Gemma S
August 29, 2017|
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Response from Bruce P | Reviewed this property |
I think every day but yes they have a website
August 7, 2017|
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Response from goingaway2017 | Reviewed this property |
I would call the gift shop and ask them your question. I'm not aware of a tour that does not require at least a few stairs. Also, my tour (Hard Times) did not have seating for all attendees.