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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 different areas of our two historic tenement buildings or neighborhood.
  • Excellent74%
  • Very good19%
  • Average4%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“hard times tour” (449 reviews)
“lower east side” (737 reviews)
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Hours Today: 10:00 AM - 8:30 PM
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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103 Orchard St, Lower East Side, New York City, NY 10002-3102
Lower East Side
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+1 877-975-3786
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"hard times tour"
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Love this museum. We've done 3 tours and have a family membership. Can't wait to go back. The staff is super friendly and knowledgeable and really take you back in time to give you a sense of what it was like on the Lower East...More

Thank btr1976
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Reviewed 2 days ago

This is a terrific museum and a brilliant insight into what NYC would have been like for early immigrants. Really well done, intimate and interesting. Well worth a visit.

Thank Jenny P
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

A friend and I️ did the sweat shop tour. Very informational while taking a step back into time. Book in advance, some of these tours book a week in advance. It is also no refunds or exchanges so be wary of that. It can be...More

Thank stacey N
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Reviewed 6 days ago

I really loved the Tenement Museum. I highly recommend reserving tickets in advance, as the times fill up super quickly, but there are many different tours to choose from and they run pretty frequently. You meet in the museum shop and are lead into a...More

1  Thank Ali V
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The Tenement Museum tour was an excellent experience. The building itself gives a realistic picture of how different ethnic people lived in the Lower East Side of Manhattan. The our educator, Scott did an excellent job at conveying the history of the building plus the...More

Thank SouthernCharm_11
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Reviewed 1 week ago

One of the most interesting museums in NYC. You learn so much about the lives of the early immigrants to the lower east side tenements as you move from tenement to tenement with outstandingly bright and knowledgeable guides

Thank BillOPhilaelphiaPA
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Very interesting look at 2 families at two different times in our country and how immigrants to our country lived. Our guide was very good and it was interesting to see the way the building has changed over the years due to regulatory changes. The...More

Thank Susan S
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We purchased 2 tickets for April 16, 2018. We missed the time and asked to reschedule and were told we could not reschedule. Also no refunds. I’ll advice people not to buy these tickets expect at the location. Tourist tickets are naturally flexible and this...More

Thank Abiodun O
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This is more an oral than a visual museum. The guide was great in explaining the building and the history of New York. Moving around the old building was less interesting than what was said. Not time was devoted to means of construction.

Thank Mark J
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Reviewed 1 week ago

My girlfriend had visited the Tenement Museum previously to do the Hard Times tour which she thoroughly enjoyed and insisted we visit when I came to NYC. But the Under One Roof tour, new when we visited, didn't have the same emotional or historical impact....More

Thank RockMeAsmodeus
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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
...More
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Snuggybrinks
17 April 2018|
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Response from Fischcmt | Reviewed this property |
I believe there’s a description of some of the items to be sampled on the website, but you may want to contact them directly. It certainly wouldn’t be worth it if they won’t eat the food. Good luck!!
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crlauman
10 February 2018|
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Response from Harvey O | Reviewed this property |
I’ve not done the new tour yet, however if it’s as good as the original, it should be great. If you go, please update!
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aegeeg
10 February 2018|
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Response from Wendy E | Reviewed this property |
We had that issue as well so we took the Taste of the Tenement tour. There was a short guided tour where there were a few stairs and a place to sit while the guide spoke. Then a meal consisting of foods from the area from... More
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