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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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  • Average4%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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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 via mobile

Granted, our expectations were high after reading the trip advisor reviews and New York Times review and several friends recommendations. We did a 90 minute tour for $25 which was short on interesting historical facts. Great deal of time and classroom like exercise where we...More

Thank laughingtraveler
Reviewed yesterday

This is one of the most interesting museum tours I've ever been on. You get to see how many immigrant families started in NY - not only their apartments, recreated with great detail - but the tour guide tells you stories about a particular family's...More

Thank Christa W
Reviewed 2 days ago

An excellent 1 hour tour of an original tenement in NYC. A history lesson and an eye opener to what our ancestors endured when coming to America.

Thank MB_Hawkins
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Good guided tours. very interesting museum. they have an entire building with apartments furnished with the conditions of the times of immigration, some are in the original state, demolished and others restored.

Thank fmoita
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We went on the Shop Life tour and regretted it. Our guide was friendly and likeable but the content was patronising and we didn’t learn much in the 90 minutes we were there. There was some interesting background about a German immigrant family who lived...More

1  Thank Jon K
Reviewed 4 days ago

We walk by this frequently when in Manhattan and have kept saying we need to check it out. So we finally did and wow!! We did the 2 hour Architecture walking tour with Meghan. So refreshing to be on a tour with someone who knows...More

Thank Laurie T
Reviewed 5 days ago

There were four of us on the tour and we bought our tickets weeks in advance. We were really looking forward to the tour and it did not disappoint. It was fascinating getting to learn the 'behind the scenes' aspect of how the museum was...More

Thank E W
Reviewed 5 days ago

Quite different now from what I remembered, but still a zoo. The stone blocks used in the streets are a hazard but I get that they use them for crowd control. I liked that there are seating areas but for us the best time to...More

Thank Nalalita
Reviewed 6 days ago

I highly recommend a visit to the Lower East Side and this museum. The tour guide was very good and the tour gave you a great deal of information over one hour; not only about a specific family but all about the history of immigrants...More

Thank visitor1_10
Reviewed 1 week ago

A brilliant display that explains the journey taken by many immigrants on arrival in New York. Allow time to explore the store's wide range of souveniers and interesting books. The tours are professionally led by volunteers who provide a very interesting description of the very...More

Thank Scott L
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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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.
26 April 2017|
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Response from Amanda W | Reviewed this property |
They are ally prompt with start and finish times so I am sure you could, however the tours are extremely popular so just make sure you book way in advance. Enjoy!