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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 a different area of the building or neighborhood.
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Hours Today: 10:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
103 Orchard St, Lower East Side, New York City, NY 10002-3102
Lower East Side
+1 877-975-3786
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Reviewed yesterday

This is a must tour for anyone interested in the history of New York and in the immigration to our country. Knowledgeable docents tell the story of immigrant New York and take you on a tour of tenements as they were back in the day....More

Thank Robert B
Reviewed 2 days ago

12.30pm Hard Times tour with our eloquent and compelling guide Isadora. A fascinating insight into the life of 19th and early 20th century immigrants from Germany and Italy. Best to arrive an hour early and watch the 40 minutes film which puts the tour nicely...More

Thank Smoothguide
Reviewed 2 days ago

Great experience - we took the lower east side walking tour and the Irish family experience. It snowed during our walking tour, and all of the other participants weenied leaving my wife and I to have the tour guide to ourself. She was exceptionally knowledgable...More

Thank blair_reddeer
Reviewed 3 days ago

You need to book on a tour at this museum which we did. It was a brilliant insight into the lives of immigrants on the lower east side. It really opened my eyes to how tough their lives were. The tour guide was very knowledgeable...More

Thank Ros184
Reviewed 1 week ago

This museum is the best with walking tours through historical buildings and learning about past and present life in the Lower East Side neighborhood. I did four tours, each was different, laden with facts, timelines, stories and good humor. We got to ask questions and...More

Thank SaraSpoonda
Reviewed 1 week ago

We chose the "Hard Times" tour but now we want to do all the others. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and very interesting with some funny anecdotes as well. Our groups was diverse in that we were tourists and locals and all had lots...More

Thank SuzieQ1802
Reviewed 1 week ago

We really enjoyed this even though we couldn't actually get a spot in a tour. You need to sign up in advance. Go to the website because there are different tours with different emphasis. But the bookstore is great and there is a 38 minute...More

Thank RunOhio
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I went on the Hard Times Tour with colleagues from work. Our Educator did an excellent job of defining tenement housing and describing the social conditions for two different time periods (late 1800’s and 1920’s). Next she skillfully walked the group through the journey of...More

Thank Kim J
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Megan was our guide/educator. She was very knowledgeable and was able to answer all questions. The information was good. It really gave an insight into what life would've been like in 1863 NY. I would do another tour. The gift shop is fantastic as well!

Thank Jillbean11
Reviewed 1 week ago

This tour was exceptionally informative of the life of early day immigrants, how they lived in 3 tiny rooms, no running water, quite a few children, up several flights of stairs, toilets in the back yard shared by several families, and in most cases 1...More

Thank sue b
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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11 October 2017|
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Response from Bruce P | Reviewed this property |
Our tour concentrated on some Irish immigrants but German immigrants were mentioned because the Irish were a minority among the Germans. Which tells me there will be a lot about the German immigrants
Gemma S
30 August 2017|
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Response from Bruce P | Reviewed this property |
I think every day but yes they have a website
8 August 2017|
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Response from goingaway2017 | Reviewed this property |
I would call the gift shop and ask them your question. I'm not aware of a tour that does not require at least a few stairs. Also, my tour (Hard Times) did not have seating for all attendees.