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“Great stories of real immigrants a century ago!”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Tenement Museum

Tenement Museum
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Ranked #27 of 1,077 things to do in New York City
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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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“Great stories of real immigrants a century ago!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 6, 2012

We visited the Tenement Museum a couple of weeks ago. Make sure to make reservations and buy tickets before you go to NYC. We bought tickets about 6 weeks earlier for the one-hour "Hard Times" tour. I heard other tourists in the office trying to buy tickets the day we were there and everything was full.

Suzanne was our guide and she did a phenomenal job of explaining the lifestyle, the economic environment,and the city life of NYC in the lower East side in 1865 and in 1910. We toured two actual apartments that were occupied during two different time periods. She explained what life would have been like for these families and showed us pictures of them and their descendants. My daughters especially liked it because she was telling us about actual people that lived there (not speculation of what it would have been like).

Tickets for adults are $22 each and well worth it. This was one of the most interesting and meaningful sites we saw in NYC. The walk through Chinatown from the Spring St. subway station was interesting too! (We should have gotten off at Delancy St. to be closer.)

Visited October 2012
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Hillsdale, New York
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“Don't miss it.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 5, 2012

The NY immigrant experience brought to life. Fascinating exhibits, including two identical apartment layouts, one depicting life in the 1880s and one from the 20s...

Visited July 2012
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Smithtown, New York
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“Fascinating for history buffs like me”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 5, 2012

The museum is housed in a genuine tenement building that was inhabited until the 1930's or so. It was purchased in the 80's by a woman who wanted to restore it and open it to the public so people could see how immigrants actually lived back in the day. I've been to two of the talks, one about an Irish family and the other about an Italian family. They actually tracked down people who lived in the building as children so they could recount their memories of growing up there. It's really fascinating stuff. My only complaint is that they were not at all accomodating when I went there with about 25 students and we were unavoidably detained by problems with the railroad and subways that were being renovated at the time. We went all the way from Long Island on a miserably rainy day, only to be told that we could only have a 15 minute tour, take it or leave it. I had called from the subway station to tell them we were trying our best to get there as fast as we could. We were not offered any discount for another visit or any other accomodation. Other than that, the museum is a wonderful place to learn about how our ancestors lived when they first came here.

Visited December 2011
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Wilmington, North Carolina
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“If you are interested, you will love it”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 5, 2012

This is a fantastic experience- if you find the idea interesting to start with. It is basically an hour with a storyteller, who is painting a picture based in fact, with some great props (on our tour, including pictures, artifacts, and period music) on a great stage (ie, the tenement itself). I didn't know what it would be like, or how much stamina we would have, so I booked us in for just one of the tours- and now I want to go back and do all of them! btw, their Gift Shop is streets ahead of most shops of its type- and worth making time for. It's a bit of hike to get to, but worth it.

Visited October 2012
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New York City, New York
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“Loved this place”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 5, 2012

we took the garment center tour. Now we work or have worked in that industry so it was fascinating for us but I think everyone would love it.

Visited September 2012
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