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“Visit this hidden historical gem and step back in time”

Museum at Eldridge Street
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Ranked #44 of 1,155 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 January 27, 2014

Our family visited this stunningly beautiful place during a self-planned walking tour of "off the beaten path" places in the New York City environs. The tour guide we were fortunate enough to have - Leah - was knowledgeable, informed and clearly loved the building and its stories. Located in an immigrant neighborhood on the lower East Side, it sits as something of a nondescript, somewhat regal anachronism amidst the bustling Asian storefronts. Ahhh - but when you walk down the stairs and enter the building, you step back in time! The ground level areas are interesting,especially with the many displayed artifacts and photos. It is the restored sanctuary upstairs that will humble and amaze you, regardless of your religious heritage. The restoration work, which took 20-some-odd years, is impeccable, and the tour guides bring the Eastern European immigrant congregation and times to life. In several places, the restorers left small examples of the sorry state the building was in before work began. One of the very best, and quintessentially NYC, sights. Not to be missed!

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Reviewed January 10, 2014

Today I visited this gorgeous museum, a short walk from Canal street subway. It's exquisite and the volunteers who I dealt with were just lovely and incredibly patient with my naive questions about the building & the religion.
I'm surprised that this is not as well known as a must see New York destination.. I think it definitely should be..
Go, you won't regret it!

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Reviewed December 22, 2013

This tour is billed as a hot cider tour--too bad it was such a warm day for December.

A lovely young lady, Sarah, led our tour by describing the history of the beautiful Eldridge St. Synagogue and the process of renovation. We then walked around the neighbourhood and visited the Forwards building, a pickle store, a bialy bagel bakery, and a few other sites of Jewish interest.

Sarah was very knowledgeable and able to answer all questions from the interested crowd. We came home with some yummy pickles.

Thank haifasharon
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Reviewed November 26, 2013

We visited the synagogue and had the free tour at 10am which was really great. The young woman guiding us showed us the different interesting things inside, told us about the history of the place and the reconstruction. The blue stained glass window is - according to us- just stunning.
It was really worth it!

Thank nico84821
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Reviewed October 24, 2013

This ranks with the historical 19th century synagogues of Europe and Israel as well worth a visit. Visitors of any religion will find a beautiful and graceful spiritual space. The modern stained glass may be jarring to some, but a synagogue is not meant to be a period piece. The museum also tells the story of immigrants to America, eager to carve out a place for themselves.
There is a small, plain synagogue in th lower story of the building. This is where the small congregation meets each Shabbat for prayers. I saw a cart with siddurim (prayerbooks) and a Hebrew calendar - evidence that it is used for prayers on a regular basis.

Thank NahumS
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