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“Wondeful Educational Experience”
Review of Tenement Museum

Tenement Museum
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$37.50*
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East Village Walking Tour with Food Tasting
Ranked #58 of 1,155 things to do in New York City
Certificate of Excellence
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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 different areas of our two historic tenement buildings or neighborhood.
Reviewed January 9, 2014

My husband and I really enjoyed this experience. Some people, with amazing foresight, saw to it that one of the original tenement buildings on the east side of New York...one that had survived the years without restoration...was bought and preserved as a museum. As you walk through the various rooms, you meet costumed personnel that enact the lives that the original inhabitants lived when they first emigrated to this country and settled in masses in this area. You are immediately transported back to this time... and you come away with a much clearer sense of what life must have been like for these immigrants. This is an experience that should be seen by all..young and old alike. There are various tours to choose from...check it out online before you go. The area has some great restaurants, we visited one in what used to be the big Essex street market. The famous Katz's restaurant is not far and is another great New York experience. Do go!

Thank coldshy
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Reviewed January 8, 2014

We went to the Tenement Museum with our daughter and three grandchildren, ages 7, 9, and 11 over Thanksgiving break. This was our first experience there and it was a wonderful one. There are multiple tours to choose from (you must take a guided tour), all with different emphases. As we had young children with us, we chose the Victoria Confino tour - an interactive presentation with an actress portraying a 14 year old girl who had once lived in the building. Everything about it was excellent. We were encouraged to ask questions, which even the children did. There was a docent who gave us background before the tour and "debriefed " us afterwards. Now we hope to return on our next visit it to New York to try one of the other tours. For anyone who might be a bit apprehensive about making your way to the Lower East Side, there is a subway stop only two blocks from the museum and the neighborhood is well developed and safe. I highly recommend a visit to the Tenement Museum, for a unique and educational New York experience. Make reservations online, as the tours frequently fill up.

Thank NCNummi3
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Reviewed January 7, 2014

Fascinating history and very worthwhile and well executed preservation. My disappointment was that the visit is limited to the several tours which give access to relatively small portions of a compact building at $25 per tour. The introductory video is fabulous and the neighborhood is a gem - unique and superb eating and shopping in a palpably historic district.

Thank aahann
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Reviewed January 7, 2014

This unusual museum shows how people lived in the the Lower East Side during and before the turn of the century. Whether you come from good immigrant stock or not, you will be moved by how new American suffered and how hard they worked to make a better life for themselves and their families.

Thank annelindenfeld
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Reviewed January 6, 2014

This is a very interesting place to visit. Many immigrants came from many different countries, and were all placed in a few block radius. You are able to tour the tenement homes, and will be amazed how small the quarters were that they raised their families and some even had a small business, like seamstress, in their homes too.

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