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Tenement Museum

Open Now: 10:00 a.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Open today: 10:00 a.m. - 8:30 p.m.
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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...more
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103 Orchard St, Lower East Side, New York City, NY 10002-3102
Downtown Manhattan (Downtown)
+1 877-975-3786
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Reviewed today

We went on the Hard Times Tour. It was so great we decided to come back with our grandkids! Chris was a good guide, but I have one small comment. He made the statement that many developed typhus from drinking the polluted water. He meant...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank laurelboo
Reviewed yesterday

Had heard about the tenement museum and was happy we came across it as we walked to the Lower East Side. It was getting late in the afternoon and we hadn’t purchased tickets in advance, so decided to take the Sweatshop Tour which was the...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank YaneesYOW
Reviewed 2 days ago

Despite having travelled to New York many times before, I didn't know about this "museum" until now. It is not to be missed. Such a fascinating view into the history of New York. We did both an inside and an outside tour which gave us...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank CAM1202
Reviewed 2 days ago

This tour is so interesting that any age over about 8-10 years old will enjoy it. It's amazing how they have preserved the environment to show what immigrants experienced as they arrived to NYC.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank traveljoy444
Reviewed 3 days ago

The "Hard Times" tour and the walking tour "Outside the Home" were great. Guides Elizabeth (Hard Times) and Amy (Walking) were knowledgeable, engaging and just fun to be around. Really interesting seeing the inside of a Tenement as it would have looked - such a...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank RoamingSince2009
Reviewed 4 days ago

Visiting the Tenement Museum is a must do for anyone interested in the social, economic, human story of the development of New York, and ultimately our country. The presentation of factual, detailed experiences of diverse families who lived in this tenement is unbelievably creative and...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank spchmom53
Reviewed 4 days ago

Reminder that everyone has a story, and each story is a part of our history. And, maybe the good old days weren't all good.

Date of experience: January 2018
Thank 110catherinem
Reviewed 4 days ago

Reserve in advance to get the tour you want. Arrive early to see a brief documentary. All tours are guided. This is a bustling place with tours leaving several times an hour. We did the Hard Times tour, made wonderful by our enthusiastic and knowledgeable...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank soriguana
Reviewed 6 days ago

There are 3 apartments that we walked through for our tour - one left exactly as it was found after being condemned for a long while, one restored to look as it would have when a family lived there in the late 19th century, and...More

Date of experience: November 2018
1  Thank brenc87
Reviewed 1 week ago

My first point would be book in advance! We didn't have a reservation but were lucky enough to get the last 2 spaces on the Shop Life Tour. Kimberlee (apologies if the spelling is wrong!) our guide was fantastic she made sure we all enjoyed...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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October 9, 2018|
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Response from CCL_MSP | Reviewed this property |
There are several different types of tours. I’d recommend reading what’s available online & booking in advance. If you just walk up, there may be a tour with availability, but it may not be one that interests you. By booking... More
August 4, 2018|
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yes, the tour price does include the food samples
July 7, 2018|
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Response from lizscotta | Reviewed this property |
I was ready and prepared to see the world renown Bayeux tapestry. Unfortunately, I will remember it with a crying boy of 2 or 3 years old. I really wish that parents would not take children to museums. They are BORED and... More