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Tenement Museum

103 Orchard St, Lower East Side, New York City, NY 10002-3102
+1 877-975-3786
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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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Hours Today: 10:00 - 20:30
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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103 Orchard St, Lower East Side, New York City, NY 10002-3102
Lower East Side
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+1 877-975-3786
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Reviewed yesterday

I took my two boys (13 and 10) to visit the Hard Times exhibit at the Tenement Museum during the hottest week in a hot NYC summer. Even with the oppressive heat outside and inside the tenement itself, this was an exceptional experience. For starters,...More

Thank Randi K
Reviewed 2 days ago

You have to book in advance for this place, and there's a reason for that. You get to actually go inside period tenements with a guide, almost like being a visitor to the tenement's original occupants. They've done the research to recreate actual families that...More

Thank Viviann K
Reviewed 2 days ago

I took the Shop Life 90 minute tour and, as an historian, was very impressed with the guide, Nicole, and the presentation. We took an in-depth look at the Schneider family, German immigrants, and the saloon they operated for many years at 97 Orchard Street....More

Thank HistoryGrrl
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We have visited several times and encourage folks visiting us to visit, too. The various immigrant family tours are a real highlight and give one a true sense of what the immigrant tenement life was like. A must visit on the lower East side.

1  Thank W.H. D
Reviewed 3 days ago

The immigrants who landed in NYC in the 20th century lived in tenements. One gets to see these tight family quarters and fully grasp the difficult life with support from closely placed neighbors.

1  Thank Sid S
Reviewed 3 days ago

We took a tour+discussion tour, and I really enjoyed it. I was surprised that most of the people on the tour were not Jewish. Rather, there was a Polish/Irish American family from Rochester, NY and a Polish father with his 2 20+ year old daughters....More

2  Thank Stan2034
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

We took the tour with the actress who plays a fourteen year old Jewish girl from the area Turkey conquered in Greece. She was absolutely amazing!!! Worth the tour just for her. The actual tenement is small and you only see her apartment. It gives...More

2  Thank misanthropicdreamer
Reviewed 5 days ago

So even though I agree that $25 for an hour's time in a museum experience is a bit steep, this is still a great stop. You'll get this info from the other reviews as well, but allow me to summarize: it's not a walk-through museum,...More

2  Thank Jellybismarck
Reviewed 5 days ago

This is a really interactive, interesting way to learn about life in the tenements. You are literally standing in the living room or kitchen of the families you're learning about. They've done meticulous research and the staff takes their role as educator very seriously. My...More

2  Thank DrewMcLellan
Reviewed 5 days ago

I have visited this museum on 3 occasions, each time taking a different tour. This is a must see in my book. Very educational about life for the immigrant in the late 1800s and early 1900s.

1  Thank susan s
Nearby
Lower East Side
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
...More
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crlauman
26 April 2017|
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Response from Amanda W | Reviewed this property |
They are ally prompt with start and finish times so I am sure you could, however the tours are extremely popular so just make sure you book way in advance. Enjoy!
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E17GB
26 April 2017|
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Response from hhautledesma | Reviewed this property |
We purchased the CityPass booklets and did get to quite a few of the attactions, the Tenement Museum was not included in anything I could find, but definitely worth it. We did the Statute of Liberty, Ellis Island (did pay... More
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Jerry D
30 January 2017|
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Response from davidhQ9728BH | Reviewed this property |
Yes, the museum is located on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, 103 Orchard Street--to be exact. If you can google Tenement Museum New York Cite for its webiste and other information.
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