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“Shop Life”
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Tenement Museum
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Ranked #29 of 1,144 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.
Reviewed March 11, 2014

Both of my parents are retired history professors so for my mom this was her must do. We did the Shop Life tour with Melissa which was very interesting, well planned and a great layout. It was a little noisy with tours going on above our heads since we were on the first floor. I just decided it was probably exactly what it was like when 22 families lived in the building. Wished we had more time to take other tours. Would take another tour on my next trip to NYC.

Thank travelbunnyngeorgia
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Reviewed March 11, 2014

On the Monday when we visited, several of the tours had already been fully booked; only 14 persons are allowed on each tour. We chose the shop tour, thinking we would see what life was like in the shops run by immigrants in the 19th century. But the entire 90 minutes was spent in one shop, a former bar run by a German immigrant in the 1870's. The bar and tiny apartment behind it had been restored to its original condition, and the lecturer was interesting and knowledgeable about the owner and his family, as well as about the history of the building and the area. Four Germans were on our tour, so this is obviously an interesting site for those interested in what their kinsmen found and did when they arrived in America. For history buffs and those with relatives who once populated this melting pot area, it will be a very interesting tour, and you might well want to book a second tour of the upper level of this old tenement building. And there are plenty of books in the shop downstairs where tickets are sold and the tour begins. You should book ahead, which can be done by phone or on the web site.

Thank Charlie S
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Reviewed March 9, 2014

We took two different tours on the day we went. We enjoyed a walking tour of the community and learned that the Germans were the first to populate the area, much to our surprise.
We also marveled at the restoration of the tenements themselves and got a fascinating glimpse into the lives of the peoples who lived there.
The museum has varied tours and experiences so that one can visit time and time again. We got a family membership that enables us to take up to 4 people with us anytime, and this is about the price for 6 of us to go on 2 tours, so it is a great bargain for an important slice of history.

Thank janeaustinNY
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Reviewed March 9, 2014

I ordered tickets using the website and had a lot of trouble getting it to work correctly. I finally managed to order tickets and they were not for the time I had been trying to get. Long story short, they admitted the website was confusing and allowed us to apply our money toward a different tour. We ended up on the outdoor tour which was very nice but not what we wanted. Maybe we can try again next trip.

Thank PennWanderer
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Reviewed March 8, 2014 via mobile

We enjoyed two tours Hard times and Shop life. The concept of touring the tenement and hearing real life stories of immigrants who actually lived and worked in the apartment was fascinating and a great way to learn. Really well crafted and executed. We had 2 different guides who were very knowledgable and encouraged dialogue. It was a memorable experience and contributed to a great weekend in the city.

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