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Tenement Museum

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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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Hard Times guided tour

Brilliant. Ali was a superb guide, so knowledgable and also very engaging to listen to. She really brought to life the era we were taken back to in time, through the museum's... read more

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Brilliant. Ali was a superb guide, so knowledgable and also very engaging to listen to. She really brought to life the era we were taken back to in time, through the museum's sensitive rendering of the old apartment. We learnt a lot and I'd go back every visit to New York, to do more of these tours.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

You start the tour at the souvenir shop, it is 1hour long, we went for the hard times tour, we had a tour in 2 apartments, from different centuries and guide gives a history of the 2 families lived there.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Great look into the lives and living conditions of immigrants coming in from Europe. Our particular tour delved into the lives of an Irish family, and I will definitely take the other tours that go into conditions for Jewish immigrants and working conditions for all. I loved our enthusiastic and informative tour guide!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We did two tours here and had Fielding for both of our tours. He conducted an informative and entertaining tour and is very knowledgable about the history not only of the tenement but the city. The tours are both visual and informational. While not cheap, the cost for each tour is worth the price if you are interested in history.... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

What a wonderful way to get a personal and in depth understanding of the hardships of life in NYC over the past 150 years. I did three tours and each was fascinating and explored different elements of the history embedded within 97 Orchard Street. Will definitely be back on my next trip and highly recommend to everyone for something a... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We did the Shop Life tour. Our educator Laura was really well informed and managed to answer a lot of questions. The first part of the tour itself in the recreated rooms waa very interesting. The second part was less interesting where we got the opportunity to find out more about three other shop types that were in the building... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The five-story brick tenement building was home to an estimated 7,000 people, from over 20 nations, between 1863 and 1935. The museum, which includes a visitors' center down the block, promotes tolerance and historical perspective on the immigrant experience. This is how many immigrants lived - in dark, airless rooms with, perhaps, a kind of toilet on the ground floor.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Tastings at the museum only take place on Thursday evenings. Our tour started with a visit to an apartment on the third floor of the tenement. We learned about the last family to occupy the building when it was closed as housing in 1935. The depression years were difficult times. NYC law changed in 1935, owners of apartment buildings were... More 

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

The tour guide was terrible. Had no data about period of tour. Was kind of a self congratulating. Would say a sentence and look as if she said something shattering. Few facts about era. Some good comments on living wages then and now. Torturous. Had to ask questions to get her to speak. Have been on several other tours and... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Glad we did this tour, very interesting indeed especially for those who have ancestors that lived in this neighborhood or who came through Ellis Island. Good job National Park Service...

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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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