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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 different areas of our two historic tenement buildings or neighborhood.
  • Excellent74%
  • Very good19%
  • Average4%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“hard times tour” (449 reviews)
“lower east side” (737 reviews)
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Hours Today: 10:00 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
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 2 days ago

A nice tour to see how immigrant families lived in early 1900's. Took about an hour. We reserved 4:45 pm apartment tour. 15 people on our tour. Tight for small rooms. They showed apartment how they found it and after they restored. Lots of dining...More

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Reviewed 3 days ago

All three tours were excellent, educational, mind-expanding. We plan on going to another couple the very next time we are in NYC. Our favorite? The food tour! Samplings from ~11 places on a walk through the East Village neighborhood, great guides, great experience, fabulous food...More

Thank Bob B
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Sadly, this museum has limited capacity and when we arrived, all tours to see the museum were full. It was a Saturday. You must be on a tour to see the rooms. We made a special trip downtown to visit and we were disappointed. Something...More

Thank Jennifer B
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Reviewed 4 days ago

We took the 1-hr 'Irish Outsiders' tour and the 2-hr 'Buildings of the Lower East Side' tour. We missed the first tour entirely due to NYC traffic, and hats off to the staff for rescheduling us with no hassle. The Irish tour showed the tenement...More

Thank Allen T
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Reviewed 5 days ago

We did the “Hard Times” tour and the “Outside the Home” walking tour- we loved the Hard Times tour, where you were able to walk inside the actual tenement. It was so interesting to see the preserved sections of the building as well as those...More

Thank Hayley L
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Reviewed 5 days ago

A tour in this museum gives you an idea of how people used to live and work in very difficult circumstances. Our guide Kirk was very friendly and knowledgeable. Me and my daughter did the 'Under One Roof' tour. Next time we will probably take...More

Thank suzannev326
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We usually are not thrilled with scheduled tours and guides. The Tenement Museum surprised both of us. As our first visit (we will be back), we chose the “Sweat Shop” tour at 97 Orchard Street. The tour lasted about one hour, maybe a little more...More

Thank Joel137
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Reviewed 1 week ago

As a Canadian, I always have to consider the currency conversion in my travels in the U.S. This museum is not cheap, but you get a very insightful guided tour with a professional and passionate tour guide. (And most of the funds go towards the...More

Thank Caro11
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Learning about the lives of immigrants while standing in the rooms they lived in made the experience unbelievably impactful. Our guide Niki was phenomenal and the house had been maintained in a state that feels frozen in time. I can’t recommend this enough.

Thank boltuprightCanada
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We did the Shop Life tour. The museum is really small so the museum makes up for that with a wide variety of tours. We went into the basement of 97 Orchard which was a restored Saloon for the German population of the area. We...More

Thank canaanm
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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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Snuggybrinks
April 16, 2018|
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Response from Merrowmum | Reviewed this property |
Hi! I did the "Hard Times" tour with my husband and 17 year old daughter, but then stayed behind to do the Tastings tour on my own, for exactly that reason! I emailed the museum and asked what they would be serving and got... More
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crlauman
February 10, 2018|
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Response from Harvey O | Reviewed this property |
I’ve not done the new tour yet, however if it’s as good as the original, it should be great. If you go, please update!
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aegeeg
February 9, 2018|
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Response from Wendy E | Reviewed this property |
We had that issue as well so we took the Taste of the Tenement tour. There was a short guided tour where there were a few stairs and a place to sit while the guide spoke. Then a meal consisting of foods from the area from... More
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