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“Evocative reminder of old New York”

Museum at Eldridge Street
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$14.00*
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Ranked #54 of 1,151 things to do in New York City
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Owner description: Historic 130 year old synagogue in the Lower East Side. $14 adults, $10 students/seniors, $8 children. Mondays are Pay As You Wish.
Reviewed September 17, 2013

Once the heart of the Jewish immigrant community and now standing in the middle of Chinatown, this superbly restored 19th century synagogue is a must-see on any itinerary. Escaping from the unfortunate stench and noise emanating from the food stores outside, visitors enter a tranquil space of wooden paneling, vibrant stained glass and polished brass chandeliers. The pride taken in its restoration is obvious and an outstanding result has been achieved. The building retains much of its contemporary splendor whilst a feeling of comfortable intimacy still pervades its interior. The detail is also fascinating: the ornate facade with its Gothic and Moorish references and the original pews bought from stock and featuring Christian iconography because that was all that was available in the 1880s.

Although now functioning only as a museum, this was our favourite religious building in NY (we are non-Jews). It is free on Mondays and $6 on other days. Open 10-5pm Thursdays to Sundays and 10-3pm on Fridays. Closed Saturdays and Jewish Holidays.

Thank Belgo96
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Reviewed September 3, 2013

After seeing photos of the Museum at Eldridge Street, I had to visit this authentically restored synagogue.

Seth, our guide and historian, was very welcoming. He gave us a wonderful tour, along with a sense of what life was like on the Lower East Side when the synagogue was new.

Surrounded by mesmerizing beauty, don’t overlook the glass jar of ashes in a display case. When the mortgage was paid in full, the congregation burned the mortgage paperwork and kept the ashes in a jar!

Thank Fran727
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Reviewed September 1, 2013

We arrived at the synagogue to be greeted by the lady at the till. She explained that we had just missed the tour by 10 mins! However she went great lengths to find another volunteeer and started another tour. How lucky were we since it was only the two of us in this tour! Really grategul.
Our tour guide was an extremely knowledgeable lady and shared her own perspective about facts that led to the renovation of the building. She was very keen to answer our questions and tried really hard to make the visit as much interactive as possible. She was very energetic and passio ate ablut the building which inevitable drwan us into the fantastic story of the building.
It is really worth visiting not only beacuse of the beauty of the building itself but because of its history and how it is connected to the tennements in the LES. It is cheap too as it only costs $10 pp and free on day per week.
It can be combined with a nice dim sum restaurant in Chinatown since it is located at the very end of division st / eldridge st and in the southerner part of Chinatown which for me is the real heart of the chinese Rea rather than the one by Along Canal st. Very personal indeed!

Thank marcdegueurce2013
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Reviewed August 11, 2013

We went on a monday which meant it was free ( but donations are appreciated) the building interior is stunning with a beautiful contempory stain glass work. Some of tour guides (who are volunters from the community) are more focused than others but everyone was lovely and knowledgeable . Make sure you the watch film of the reconstruction

1  Thank Caoilissa
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Reviewed July 30, 2013

Loved this place. Great free tour on Mondays. We love exploring small, off the tourist track museums and this fits the bill. I would have spent serious money here if the gift shop was better stocked!

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