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Tenement Museum

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Lower East Side
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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
Closed now
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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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A must see for history buffs

Really enjoyed the Then and Now walking tour and the Sweatshop Workers tour. Also enjoyed the free short movie shown in the gift shop that gives an overview of the history of the... read more

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Toronto, Canada
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Reviewed yesterday NEW

Really enjoyed the Then and Now walking tour and the Sweatshop Workers tour. Also enjoyed the free short movie shown in the gift shop that gives an overview of the history of the neighbourhood and the immigrant lives/housing challenges. Still a problem today all over the world sadly.

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Los Osos, California
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Reviewed yesterday NEW

We took a fascinating guided trip through one of the original tenement houses of the lower east side. Our guide (Lokki) was outstanding. We entered a five story tenement house. Viewed one apartment that had virtually no restoration since the 1800's and a second that had minimal restoration. These apartments were 300 sq.feet often housing entire families. Earlier that day... More 

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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We did the sweatshop tour, Jenin the guide was great, She really knows how the get the story in a way that touch you.

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Moraga, California
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This is an interesting "museum" and there is so much information to be had. Like many docent tours, the guide can make or break the experience. We took the Irish immigrant tour and were completely underwhelmed. Our group all spoke English so it didn't appear that it was "dumbed" down for language challenges. Our guide did not seem that well... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Interesting guided tour of a preserved housing unit that was the home to so many European immigrants search for the American Dream - and some actually made it.

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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We visited The Tenement Museum today on a rainy New York day and found this tour to be very authentic and well researched. Our guide Mary Kate was exceptional and delivered a truly personal historic story of two families who lived in the Tenement building. It is a good idea to plan ahead because there are other themed tours which... More 

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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We took two tours. The educators were very knowledgeable, for the most part, and encouraged discussion. Loved seeing the interior of the old building, it had bee completely boarded up for like 50 years! One tour, offered seating during the 1-1/2 tours, the other did not, even though I noticed folded chairs available. Take just one tour, see the building,... More 

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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Very pleased we made the effort to book this tour and visit the museum. The building has hardly been touched apart from some health and safety work and it is very interesting to see how people once lived in these buildings. Our guide was well informed and obliging. The tour from the booking to the tour was well organised and... More 

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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

A destination off the beaten path and a gem if you are into New York City history. The tenements from years ago hold many dark secrets and a story to be told.

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Portland, Oregon
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Excellent peek at the life lived by our ancestors. Unique opportunity to see a building actually frozen in time, not a re-creation. Our guide did a wonderful job of bringing it to life through the stories of families who once lived there. Well done!

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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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