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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.
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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

I have wanted to go for years. This trip to NYC I decided I'm going. Glad I did. There is a short film you can see while you're waiting for a tour. There are several tours to choose from. I did the Sweatshop tour. It...More

Thank ALAN W
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Today I took 24 Brooklyn teens to the Tenement Museum. Our two groups were guided by Billy and Barry who were incredible. As a teacher, I loved how easily Barry was able to draw teens into the narrative and solicit their participation. He was gracious...More

Thank CalvinSt
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Reviewed 4 days ago

I booked it about a month ahead. As a history teacher this is an example of living history. Not some jazzed up multimedia presentation. I chose teh Hard times tour and learnt about a migrating Italian immigrant. The rooms were just like they were in...More

Thank VictoriaRev
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

This is such a mesmerizing museum. There are many tours you can take that follow immigrants from different parts of the world. You get to walk through a real tenement and get a feeling of what life was like. The guides are animated and very...More

Thank Kati R
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

We enjoyed this tour and learned much about the neighborhood. Great area for specialty foods and stores.

Thank Laura B
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Reviewed 4 days ago

I thought I understood how immigrants came into New York and how they assimilated into this country. However, spending a few hours at the Tenement Museum gave me a much better understanding of how it all transpired. 365 foot apartments with no running water. This...More

Thank standavis99
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Reviewed 4 days ago

This experience is a tour of a small historic preservation site. We toured only the one residence . The gift shop has been expertly stocked with many selections of books, resources, etc. The method of gathering small tour groups is lacking particularly when you have...More

1  Thank SheralTx
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Reviewed 5 days ago

This tour felt like we had stepped out of modern day New York and went back in time. We loved hearing the stories of the families who came to New York in the 1950's and what their experience was like and how their apartments looked...More

1  Thank Wendy H
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We saw the "Under One Roof" tour at the museum. It was interesting to learn about the various inhabitants from the 1950s on but expected going into it that I would learn about the first people who created the tenement community. The final room is...More

Thank Alyson B
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Just visited the Tenement museum for the first time. It was not only incredibly interesting and educational. It as also a demonstration how to bring history to life in sobering and entertaining way. Our volunteer guide (Sara) did a fantastic job. She managed to present...More

Thank Jacob G
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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
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megatron4543
July 7, 2018|
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Response from eesrox1 | Reviewed this property |
I don't think it's an age thing as much as the kid's tolerance for a long tour where you can't touch anything. You should give them a call so they can better inform you and make suggestions. The tours are fantastic but may... More
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Sandy F
July 2, 2018|
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Response from nancy h | Reviewed this property |
If you are arriving in NY soon the heat index is a killer. Under one roof is all air conditioned and I don’t think the rest are. It will cover 3 different cultural experiences and also a sewing factory. I enjoyed it a lot... More
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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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