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Tenement Museum

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Lower East Side
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Address: 103 Orchard Street, Lower East Side, New York City, NY 10002
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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I enjoyed our tour on Irish immigrants, although I don't have any direct ties to the subject. The tour occurred in the tenement building an we went up at least 5 flights of... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

I enjoyed our tour on Irish immigrants, although I don't have any direct ties to the subject. The tour occurred in the tenement building an we went up at least 5 flights of stairs. Much of the building remains unrestored. The rooms that have been restored are well done and great attention had been paid to the details and efforts... More 

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Fairfield, Connecticut
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We booked ahead online and purchased tickets and still had to wait a half hour in line to get our "real" tickets. We went on the Irish Outsiders Tour. It was ok but groups should be smaller because the rooms were so small that with the twelve of us standing in it, it was hard to see the items in... More 

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Sacramento, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

My mom, daughter and I enjoyed the Shop Life tour together which occurs just a few steps down from street level. It was a great introduction to life in the 1880's and what life was like in the neighborhood - a first stop for immigrants from many countries. My daughter and I also did the Sweat Shop tour on the... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We did 2 tours on a freezing cold Sunday afternoon. The first was Then and Now, a 2 hour walking tour of the neighbourhood. Our guide was excellent and posed some very interesting questions about change within the neighbourhood and how and why that occurs - issues that were relevant for all of the participants regardless of where we came... More 

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tuxedo, ny
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I found this museum to be totally enjoyable. It's not a long tour or very much information to absorb, but I find the subject matter to be enthralling.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This is a very important place to visit to learn about how our immigrant grandparents lived and how they struggled. It gives a view of how many ethnic groups came to NY, worked hard and moved through the tenements to better lives.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We took the Tenement Museum Sweat Shop tour. Our tour guide Alexandra was wonderful. She knew the subject really well and gave great descriptions of the lives of the families who had inhabited the apartments of the Orchard Street tenement in 1890 and 1910. It was so interesting.

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Dudley, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Visited this museum after reading about it. It was fantastic so real so atmospheric so informative. The guide (its a walking tour with many stairs) SJ was fabulous very compelling. Q & A in every room. One of the best museum shops ever with great line in books both fiction & non fiction. If you want to experience the real... More 

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This is an old building where immigrants from Europe in the 1800's and early 1900's lived. It really helps one imagine what life must have been like for those people. It it truly one of kind!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This museum gives a vivid experience of how immigrants live in difficult circumstances. It is an excellent way to teach children about the difficulties immigrants faced when they came to NYC. It's a reminder of the sacrifices people are willing to make to have the opportunity for a better life here for their families. I recommend that you purchase tickets... More 

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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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