Tenement Museum
Tenement Museum
4.5
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
About
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.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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  • Madison Y
    Thornton Cleveleys, United Kingdom89 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Step back in time
    Really enjoyed our tour - we did a tour that focused on two families - one that came over fleeing the war and another who came from Puerto Rico for employment. Loved that we sat in the actual apartment with some keepsakes donated by the families. Our guide was lovely and very engaging. The area the museum/shop is in I found to be a little sketchy - we were hassled whilst starting our tour on the street however people moved on when we didn’t engage. Lovely gift shop that was reasonably priced. Would definitely visit again. Yes it’s $30 per person which I see is mentioned often in the reviews but honestly we felt it was absolutely worth it.
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 20 March 2023
  • Rachel
    New York City, New York9 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great Visit!
    Not so much a "museum" - instead there are numerous guided tours offered. I did the 1933 tour about the Italian family. Jill was a terrific and engaging guide and provided us with lots of information about the time period, the family, and the process of recreating their LES home. I loved being able to see what an actual apartment looked like and was impressed with the attention to detail. Looking forward to returning to do a different tour. Side note - their gift shop is great, too.
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 1 April 2023
  • LarsieB
    1,533 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Interesting Tour
    We went a did a tour of the Tenement Museum in NYC after it being recommended by a friend. The tickets for the tour we bought online and when we arrived at the museum gift store we went up to one of the people at the counter who then checked us in. The tour left on time and the tour guide we had was friendly and knowledgeable. It was an interesting tour and if you have time and love history I would recommend doing this. The tour we booked was called "Finding Home."
    Visited March 2023
    Written 6 April 2023
  • John V
    Maidstone, United Kingdom423 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Not to be missed
    Such a fascinating and eye-opening experience. The pre-tour film is essential and set the scene for the whole tour. The tour of the Levine apartment introduced us to just what it meant to arrive in the US and settle in this vibrant, crowded community. This was a family trying to experience family life at the same time as running a business in the same location. There are no words - just visit yourself. Our tour was particularly good because of the excellent tour guide. She was personable, knowledgable and engaging. A great trip all round
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 8 April 2023
  • Jane S
    6 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Reasonable Tourist Attraction
    Toured the Tenement Museum in NYC. They actually take you into two tenement homes. This was soo interesting. They also talked to you about families, how they lived, their jobs, education, etc. The cost was very reasonable and didn't break the budget. It's amazing how the y lived and got by with so little. I strongly recommend this tour. It showed my childen that they don't have it as bad as they think! Also, for elderly and handicap people, there are stairs you have to climb. I don't know if they have an elevator or lift so check with the museum. Hope you enjoy your tour as much as I did!
    Visited June 2022
    Written 13 April 2023
  • l0zzab0zza
    Reading, United Kingdom31 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Brilliant museum
    Absolutely fascinating tour of a tenement building throughout the years. We took the 1949 to present tour Our guide was extremely knowledgeable on every aspect of the families that lived in these apartments and the traumas they went through to ensure their families wouldn't live the same lives they had to go through. To think a couple could ensure years of torture in death camps to become parents and live "normal" lives is credit to who they were. The level of detail in each of the rooms, curated by the actual families who lived there and experts in purchasing antiques from the time really set the tone. Id love to work there!
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 17 April 2023
  • Katie R
    6 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    An excellent museum and tour - booking essential
    I went on the Finding Home tour with Stefania (please accept my apologies if I've misspelled that). She is an exceptionally good guide and the tour was very informative, interesting and moving. This is one of the best museums I've been to, in NYC or anywhere, and I'd highly recommend it. Pre-booking is advisable as the tours are rightly very popular. The gift shop is also excellent. Thank you so much for a brilliant experience.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 22 April 2023
  • Guide13586497251
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    An interesting hour spent at a day in the life in 1902
    Superbe experience! This museum tour brings history back to life. The tour guide tells us the story passionately and really connects with participants. Nice book and gift shop completes this very interesting experience.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 12 May 2023
  • 99rainraingoaway
    Glasgow, United Kingdom94 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Interesting
    The information given by the docent was very interesting about two families who lived there 100 years apart with reference to census data and recordings of the inhabitants. The digital displays were good. What for me was a little disappointing was not seeing more of the living conditions. We saw a 70s bed in a room and some 19th century furniture in a revised location due to building works. I’m more familiar with the Tenement House in Glasgow which has a 4 room tenement apartment set up much as it was when one family lived there from 1911 to 1965 which you can wander round at your leisure.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 6 June 2023
  • Linda C
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    An Important part of American History
    I went to Tenement Museum with family. We went to the 1902 Tour of the Jewish family who started a butcher shop. The apartment was home to their little clothes factory. It was the tour that fit our time frame. Our guide really knew her history of this time period and was very interesting. Although we were told this family tour was not yet in the original building they had their belongings there and we saw the hardship and family life very well. I cant wait to go back and take a different families tour. We are not Jewish but this tour was very important to life in the US for newly arriving families.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 1 July 2023
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mountaineergirl04
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Friends
My friends and I loved our tour chronicling Chinese and Jewish immigrants across time. Our guide was great, and deserves a fair contract with living wages! Union now, just like our ancestors said :)
Written 23 February 2024
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Sara T
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Feb 2024 • Couples
I've been visiting the Tenement Museum for years. It's such a special place. I have so much respect and admiration for all of the work that goes into these tours. There are very few places that make oral history come alive so vividly and are able to connect real people's stories to broader national policy. Every guide I've ever had is incredible. David C. led our Tenement Women tour and his enthusiasm, deep knowledge, and curiosity about our own histories made for an especially fun and engaging visit.

Tenement Museum, I love you dearly and recommend you to everyone I know. But please pay your workers a real, living wage. It's hard to be a fixture of NYC working-class history when you don't agree to a fair contract for your workers. Solidarity with UAW Local 2110.
Written 23 February 2024
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Farwriter
London, UK97 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Solo
I love social history, particularly of the 19th century, so this museum has long been on my list of places to visit. It is necessary to select from one of the 6 or 7 guided tours on offer, each focusing on one couple or family from one period in the building's history, from the mid-19th to mid-20th century. I did one about a German couple who ran a beer saloon in the 1800s. We saw the beer saloon itself (I presume it is a recreation) and three of their domestic rooms behind it. The guide Cat was enthusiastic and knowledgeable and answered the tour group's many questions well. The tour cost $30 for about 75 minutes, which I think is comparable with other museums and tours on offer in New York City so I think it is reasonable, but of course for that price you only get a small amount of the history of the building. You see just a few rooms and get no sense of the building as a whole, and to do all the tours would obviously cost hundreds of dollars. I really love the idea of the Tenement Museum but I wish it was possible to see more of it - if there was also a section with a general display about the building and some photographs or items related to the wider story, that would help with the context, then you could go deeper into one aspect of the history on a tour. The tour ended in an interactive room with a clever "magic" table which we were encouraged to play with - you place an object on the table and it lights up with photos and information, but this sort of exhibit doesn't really work on a guided tour when you have no time to explore it fully.
Written 22 February 2024
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Lawrence A
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
Excellent tour and even better guide. But the guides through their union need higher salaries and more input as to the operation of the Tenement Museum. Is that too much to ask!
Written 22 February 2024
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Alikatc
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Friends
Irish tour was great. Would be fantastic if the tour could recommend additional readings, documentaries or movies about the time period.
Written 21 February 2024
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libero7
London638 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
Went on a tour of Levine’s 1902 apartment with our 10 year old and 13 year old. Our guide (lively young lady sorry can’t remember the name) kept things really interesting and without being patronising (which some guides end up doing!). Apartment block itself is interesting and the stories and items really bring it to life. Not too long but not too short. Pricey but we all really enjoyed.
Written 21 February 2024
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Marilyn M
Cortland, NY364 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
A gem! Finally a museum that brings to life the immigrant working people who built our country. Excellent connection between racism & anti-immigration sentiments between then & now. Sallie & Cat brought the people & eras of their subjects to life & their warmth connected the tour attendees in heartfelt discussions. Ironic that much of the tour stressed the importance of unions in helping the workers, while the educators are waiting for their contract. Educators make this museum - please, pay them fairly.
Written 12 February 2024
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1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
A visit to Dublin's Tenement Museum at 14 Henrietta St. is a must. Walking through this imposing house, the visitor is transported from the grandeur of the Georgian period and the lavish lifestyle of its first residents to its last years as a tenement, housing many families in abject poverty.
Our guide, Gillian was incredibly knowledgeable on all aspects of life in the house and vividly recreated the lifestyle of its occupants with passion and humour, some of whom are still alive today and have visited the museum giving moving accounts of their time spent there.
Gillian's passionate delivery and her account of these people and others who suffered heartbreaking tragedies during that time was both moving and sincere. Her ability to bring history to life was exceptional. This museum is a gem.
Written 12 February 2024
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Jason L
Santiago Metropolitan Region, Chile1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
This tour and experience was simply amazing; incredible and told the story of working class, immigrant New York and America in accessible, stunning, vivid detail that came to life. David C., our guide, was not only a vast well of knowledge and history, but also a public educator who moved 15 strangers along together, weaving personal experiences of guests with modern struggles that brought all along while encouraging us to expand our understandings. David and the workers deserve more than a living wage, but also a fair contract. Please ensure they are valued as the treasures they are so we can return to more tours of such depth and living history. Thanks! Solidarity with #2110!
Written 12 February 2024
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lpwjohnson
Atlanta, GA23 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Friends
Two moms and our 17 yr old daughters here for the weekend. Came across this museum and decided to visit. Jared was an excellent guide!!!
Written 11 February 2024
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