Museum at Eldridge Street
Museum at Eldridge Street
4.5
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
Historic 135 year old synagogue in the Lower East Side. $15 adults, $10 students/seniors, $8 children. Mondays & Fridays are Pay As You Wish.
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Neighborhood: Chinatown
Bursting with an amazing array of sights, sounds, and smells on every block, a visit to Chinatown feels like entering a different world. It’s a colorful spectacle that gets even more crowded on weekends, when families stream in to enjoy huge dim sum feasts and to stock up at the markets on Mott Street. To take a break from the buzz, grab something sweet from one of the many bakeries in the area and head to Columbus Park, where many Chinatown residents exercise, play games, and chat the day away.
How to get there
  • East Broadway • 4 min walk
  • Grand St • 5 min walk
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  • Beth P
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Round out your NYC sightseeing and history with a visit and tour!!
    A stunning landmark of NYC and Jewish history. Highly recommend. Our tour guide Susan was remarkable in her knowledge and openness to questions and remarks from all ages in our large tour group. I plan to take advantage of the synagogue's other cultural events as well.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written May 23, 2023
  • citygirl00110024
    New York City, New York99 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Do Not Overlook this Beautifully Restored Jewish Synagogue - take advantage of the Docent Tours (no additional charge)
    The Museum at Eldridge Street is a little known gem on the edge of the Lower East Side near China Town and close to the base of the Manhattan Bridge. Docent led tours are available at no additional charge with admission at 11am and 2pm. I cannot recommend more to take advantage of the docent led tours - especially if they are all as knowledgeable as our Docent, Lois. She had an incredible amount of knowledge on Jewish history in the neighborhood and the church along with the effort to preserve this historic building to allow us to enjoy it today. She kindly answered all of our questions about Judaism (as a Southern transplant to NYC with almost no knowledge) as well as sharing relevant personal anecdotes that I think always makes a tour more enjoyable and interesting. She was so cute when she had us wait in the stairwell for a moment while she closed the door to the sanctuary to allow her to provide a "big reveal" with the sanctuary beautifully lit with original lighting fixtures and beautiful stained glass. If you have had a long day of site seeing, there are many opportunities to sit and listen to the tour to allow your weary feet to rest a bit. I have lived in NYC for 22 years and am embarrassed to say I have never heard of this museum. We found it on the NYC Culture Pass through the NYPL and decided to check it out. I am so glad that had an opportunity to see this beautifully restored building and learn more about the Jewish Culture.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written July 28, 2023
  • Stephie4821
    Brooklyn, New York261 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Cultural Experience
    This is a true hidden gem. My best friend and I took the tour of the museum and it was wonderful. Susan our tour guide was very knowledgeable about the Jewish culture of NY. This was a real history lesson and a true cultural experience. The beauty of the synagogue was truly stunning. To see how it was left to deteriorate to be brought to its original splendor is amazing. I highly recommend a visit and tour.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written September 5, 2023
  • Oliver S
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Must-Visit for Every New Yorker
    Beautiful building, beautiful afternoon. The guide was informative but the whole experience was low-key. After we sat in the sanctuary and chatted, and the staff were happy to let us linger. It's less a museum than an aesthetic and historical experience.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written November 20, 2023
  • JLaP
    15 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent LES walking tour
    Eldridge Eats Food Tour- a history of the Lower East Side- was excellent. The guide was terrific, knows the area and its history inside and out, and presented the info in an engaging and easy to follow way. A knish, dumplings, ruggelah and pickle opportunity from LES favorites enhanced the experience. I’ve been raving about this ever since. I even went back to the area the next day on my own to revisit some of the stops.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written November 21, 2023
  • mark
    Chappaqua, New York5 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A wonderful hidden gem. Not to be missed.
    The building is magnificent. From the outside you would not believe the beauty and history inside. The tour guide was informative and amusing. The hour went by really quickly. The museum lets you see the true history of the lower east side .
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written December 4, 2023
  • Jack
    Old Bethpage, New York865 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Stunning! Amazing Museum and Synagogue!
    The synagogue was stunning! The Museum at Eldridge Street is a Jewish synagogue/temple which turned into a museum. It is the most beautiful synagogue I have seen inside and out. The prices are expensive though. Under 5 is free, $8 for children 5-17, $10 for seniors and $15 for adults. It’s very worth it and I highly recommend!
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written January 2, 2024
  • Jennifer R
    Pleasant Hill, California10 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Hidden gem!
    This is a beautiful synagogue and museum with fascinating history behind it. I did the docent-led tour with my husband and 12 year old son recently during our visit to NYC. The docent was knowledgeable, friendly, and provided a wealth of historical information about the synagogue's history. It was a great value, too! This was a great complement to the Tenement Museum, also located in the Lower East Side. Highly recommend!
    Visited December 2023
    Written January 4, 2024
  • Adin H
    Brooklyn, New York35 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A must-see hidden gem
    The Museum at Eldridge Street is a must-visit! It's a gorgeous, awe-inspiring space with a rich history. The guided tour is definitely worthwhile (loved my tour led by Rachel!), as the details shared by the docent truly bring the space to life and add so much depth and dimension. The current "28 REMARKABLE WOMEN... AND ONE SCOUNDREL" exhibit is also fun, and educational. A great place to vist for NYC locals and visitors alike!
    Visited February 2024
    Traveled solo
    Written February 5, 2024
  • Amy M
    New York City, New York17 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Hidden Gem That Everyone Needs To See!
    I have lived in NYC for over 15 years but I never knew the the Museum at Eldridge existed until recently. WOW. I went in time for a docent led tour with Susan. Susan is AMAZING. Her breath of knowledge is incredible and she was so kind and encouraged lots of questions. 5 stars! 10 Stars! All the Stars! Do you want to see a unique architectural wonder? Do you want to hear unique and essential historical information about the Lower East Side (which is key element of the history of NYC) go see this incredible beautiful place.
    Visited February 2024
    Traveled solo
    Written February 29, 2024
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Laura H
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023
I'm from New York but don't live here anymore. I was in the neighborhood for some errands and wanted to do something touristy. This fit the bill perfectly.

When I was greeted by a wonderful security guard and front desk man. Admission was a worthwhile $15 and masks are required to be worn while in the museum. They asked if I wanted a docent tour (which was included in the price) and mentioned it would be one on one. When I said yes I got to meet the kindest docent who I had the honor of spending an hour with.

The docent took me around and had so much knowledge. I enjoyed getting to learn about the synagogue and the process of restoration. The tour starts by explaining the "why" of Jews being in the neighborhood and continues to how there was funding for the synagogue and explaining how the synagogue functioned both day to day and on special days. He had great stories that I found entertaining too.

I think the tour and history makes this worth going to, however the space is also absolutely breathtaking. It is stunning just to look around.

I'm so glad I finally made it here and am sure I will end up coming with others on a future visit!
Written March 3, 2023
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jrr501
New York City, NY63 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
Highly recommend this gorgeous synagogue tucked into China Town. The architecture and stained glass will appeal to design enthusiasts, the history lesson of Judaism in American and New York will appeal to historians.

It's nice to see this building has been preserved so beautifully.
Written March 15, 2020
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Fanny H
New York City, NY16 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2022 • Family
Great little gem. Cannot imagine the transformation it has done through the years. I visited this museum about 10 years ago and it was not as children friendly or interactive. Very interesting to see this hidden gem, staff were extremely knowledgeable and the Children’s map and brochure made the visit a little more interesting for the Little’s. They especially liked the historic videos.
Written January 24, 2022
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Gony_fg
Silver Spring, United States22 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
Have always wanted to visit the Eldridge St. Synagogue (now the Museum at Eldridge Street) since contributing to its restoration years ago. The visit did not disappoint. The docent clearly loves the synagogue and the Lower East Side and gave a warm and informative tour. Took my two sons -- each were able to connect in very different ways. One son was blown away by the beauty of the sanctuary. My other son who loves hotdogs connected to the hotdog exhibit on the first level and connected to the fact that the founding patron of the synagogue was the creator of the all-beef hot dog. Can't say enough wonderful things about this visit.
Written October 24, 2022
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Jack
Old Bethpage, NY865 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Solo
The synagogue was stunning! The Museum at Eldridge Street is a Jewish synagogue/temple which turned into a museum. It is the most beautiful synagogue I have seen inside and out. The prices are expensive though. Under 5 is free, $8 for children 5-17, $10 for seniors and $15 for adults. It’s very worth it and I highly recommend!
Written January 2, 2024
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newbietraveler
Los Angeles, CA58 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
Our family of four (mom, dad, and two teenage boys) went on the docent led tour. The docent was wonderful, knowledgeable, and did a great job of getting our cell phone obsessed boys interested. It's a small museum so an hour is plenty of well spent time here. A visit to this site dovetails well with a visit to Ellis Island and the Tenement Museum. It gives a wonderful additional look at Jewish immigrant life at the time.
Written June 13, 2022
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LeslieSW
Ukiah, CA3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Couples
My husband and I had read about the history of the Eldridge Street Synagogue and Museum and stopped by to take a look. WOW!!!!! The synagogue was breathtaking and the one-hour (FREE) tour was exceptional. Susan was our tour guide. She was articulate and enthusiastic in her presentation and thoughtful and respectful as she explained the meaning of the various artifacts and materials in the museum. We came away enlightened and grateful for this lesser-known tourist destination. Very few people and a personalized educational tour that was top-notch. Highly recommend.
Written March 29, 2023
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Robin B
Phoenix, AZ1,477 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022
We were trying to fill a couple of hours with something to do and I booked a tour at the Museum at Eldridge Street. This museum is a 19th century synagogue built by Eastern European Jews. Our tour was led by Lois, and she was amazing. The tour lasted about an hour. The synagogue has been restored after a period of decline and is absolutely beautiful. This should not be missed.
Written October 9, 2022
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Amy M
New York City, NY17 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Solo
I have lived in NYC for over 15 years but I never knew the the Museum at Eldridge existed until recently. WOW. I went in time for a docent led tour with Susan. Susan is AMAZING. Her breath of knowledge is incredible and she was so kind and encouraged lots of questions. 5 stars! 10 Stars! All the Stars! Do you want to see a unique architectural wonder? Do you want to hear unique and essential historical information about the Lower East Side (which is key element of the history of NYC) go see this incredible beautiful place.
Written February 29, 2024
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deborahk76
Scotch Plains, NJ6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Solo
I attended an online course on Frida Khalo so I didn’t go to the museum. That said, the talk was genuinely informative and interesting and I learned a great deal about this wonderfully talented artist’s life, and her many ties to the Jewish community. I plan on visiting this museum and taking more online classes due to the sheer convenience.
Written March 13, 2024
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