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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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Real immigrant stories

This museum has now become a fixture of any visit to NYC - we book a tour the moment we book our flights and hotel. The building has an interesting history, but more importantly... read more

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William B
London, United Kingdom
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed today NEW

This museum has now become a fixture of any visit to NYC - we book a tour the moment we book our flights and hotel. The building has an interesting history, but more importantly the tours manage to bring individual immigrants' stories alive within a historical context. Tour guides seem to tend to have immigrant backgrounds / identities too. Perhaps... More 

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Holliston, MA
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I highly recommend the Tenement Museum if you want to better understand the experience of our immigrant ancestors. There are several types of tours, each highlighting an aspect of life on the Lower East Side during a particular time period for a particular family that actually lived in the building at one time. I was on the Irish Outsiders tour... More 

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Madison, Wisconsin
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I have been visiting this museum since it opened and they continue to add excellent tours and programs. Book ahead!

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Johnston, Iowa
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We visited here last weekend and really enjoyed it. We bought tickets online, and that worked well. Even if buying tickets online, you do have to wait in line when you arrive to pick up your actual tickets. Arrive 30 min early to watch a movie about the neighborhood, immigrant experience, etc.

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Manitowoc, Wisconsin
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

There are several tours to take advantage of and we enjoyed the Irish Outsiders tour. Our guide was both very knowledgeable and entertaining and this one-hour tour was very informative. Will definitely be back to attend one of the other tours. Reasonably priced. Nice bookstore as well.

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Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, Canada
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The Tenement Museum is all tour based. You can take a tour of the tenement building itself where an interpreter explains the living situations of the people who resided there in the late 1800s to early 1900s, a walking tour of the neighborhood, or a tour that include historical reenactments with actors. While you can walk in and buy a... More 

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Plymouth, Indiana
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This is my favorite museum in NYC, there is so much to learn and if you get a chance sit in on the extra discussion after the tour (offered a few times each day.)

Thank lrltshw
South Portland, Maine, United States
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Knowledgeable guide (Rose) gave good introduction to late 19th - early 20th century tenement life through stories of two families who lived at 23 Orchard St.

Thank Jack M
Irvine, California
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You walk through the original builiding that immigrants would have lived in. Very fascinating. However, do not recommend for those that are claustrophobic or cannot walk stairs.

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Mount Forest, Canada
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This is a story telling museum that provides a highly interactive and authentic experience. We joined in 2 of the many options and loved both. Each tour offered a guide that was able to speak easily of the experiences of the residents of the tenements and share their well researched information. The actors participating were convincing and did an excellent... More 

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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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