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Tenement Museum

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Lower East Side
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Address: 103 Orchard St, Lower East Side, New York City, NY 10002-3102
Phone Number:
+1 877-975-3786
10:00 - 18:30
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Thu 10:00 - 20:30
Fri - Wed 10:00 - 18:30
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

The Tenement Museum preserves the history of immigration through the...

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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How the immigrants lived

It was so interesting to see how immigrants lived and how the tenements changed for the better over the years.

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It was so interesting to see how immigrants lived and how the tenements changed for the better over the years.

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Amazing......what an insight to how families lived and worked in the Tenements. The heat, cold and cramped conditions, you could visualise it all. Especially with a fantastic tour guide who was passionate about their story........would liked to have booked another tour!

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I took the Hard Times guided tour. I thought this tour would be right up my alley but it wasn't. It was unbearably hot (not the tour's fault ... obviously tenements were not air conditioned). Our guide seemed knowledgeable but was not a good story teller. We were a group of adults and his presentation would have been more appropriate... More 

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Stepping back in the 1860's, exploring the everyday life of the first German immigrants arriving in Manhattan was definitely an unique experience. The impressive researches led by the museum to go back over the further integration of these immigrants allowed them to resurface and collect many traces of the past. Discovering so many daily items displayed in bygone era interiors... More 

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Brooklyn, New York
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This is a MUST see! If you are even remotely interested in learning about early immigration in NYC, you must come here. Seeing the tiny apartments and the amount of life that was between those walls is both sad and inspiring. You can feel the energy and passion. Beautiful and poignant. GO GO GO!

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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The Tenement Museum brings alive the lives of the millions of immigrants whose first stop was the Lower East Side between 1869 and 1935. Visitors can select a theme or immigrant focus and learn about tenement live inside the residence of the family that occupied the dwelling. It brings to life not only the family but the oppressive living conditions... More 

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This museum is a rare experience. Three tenements have been restored in an old building, and guided tours are full of stories of the people who lived there and their current descendants. This is the neighborhood which welcomed NY's first immigrants and freed slaves. Their stories are honored and their lives are brought to light. I recommend this museum to... More 

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Our high hopes weren't realized. We chose the "Shop Life" tour and left after 45 minutes. We were brought to a reconstructed tavern and sat in the room for the entire time we were there. We were shown a few artifacts, but basically our guide just had us imagine what it must have been like to live in that world.... More 

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We left this museum thinking about how our relatives may have lived after coming through Ellis Island. We enjoyed the two tours we took-a walking tour of the area and one of the inside of the museum...the guides were full of information and no questions were too difficult for them. We enjoyed learning so much about this point in history.... More 

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Highly recommended very interesting and informative, nice shop and film area before the tour. The tour guide was fantastic a lovely girl from an immigrant family herself and she explained everything superbly ! We did the Irish outsiders tour but many to choose from and it lasts an hour,booking required

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Straddling the bridge between New York’s thriving immigrant past and its modern transformation into a beacon of global art and culture, the Lower East Side is one of the most dynamic neighbourhoods in the city. The blocks of tenements that represented the promise and blight of the Lower East Side immigrant experience now command top dollar for new residents. Right next to old-world delis, 24-hour bodegas, and the garment shops of Orchard Street, you’ll find hip clubs, fashionable bistros, and luxury hotels beckoning at all hours of the evening. If you love nightlife and live music, it’s hard to beat the scene here.
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