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Tenement Museum

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Address: 103 Orchard St, Lower East Side, New York City, NY 10002-3102
Phone Number:
+1 877-975-3786
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10:00 - 18:30
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Hours:
Thu 10:00 - 20:30
Fri - Wed 10:00 - 18:30
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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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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This museum gives you a fascinating opportunity to see the lives of recent immigrant families to NYC in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Housed in an actual surviving... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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Perth
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

This museum gives you a fascinating opportunity to see the lives of recent immigrant families to NYC in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Housed in an actual surviving tenement building, you can choose from several differing experiences of the lives of three or so immigrant families. In doing so, you are taken on a small group guided, interactive... More 

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Adelaide, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We thoroughly enjoyed our 1 hour Sweat Shop tour. Our guide was well informed and was able to pitch the information at a level which was appropriate for our twin 11 year old boys. We all found it very interesting. Being able to actually visit two Tenement apartments in original condition was a great eye opener and stimulated a lot... More 

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Largo, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

This was one of the best 3 hours. I took 2 tours Irish outsiders and shop life. Only sorry I could not take any more. Next trip to New York, I will take more. Do not miss.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We had initially discounted going here as it wasn't on our NYC pass. However, with the temperatures outside at -9 we really needed to go inside somewhere. This was a good option. You pick from 1 of 4 tours and watch the museum presentation while waiting. The tours presumably give similar info about the history of the district but each... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This is a wonderful small museum to tour. Guided tours with very entertaining guides of an old tenement building to see how the families lived after immigrating to this country. Recommend this highly and guarantee you will want to return for one of their other tours of a different ethnic family. Makes you want to spend more time on your... More 

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

My daughter had a project in school and took the Sweatshop Tour. I tagged along. Though it was the very cold I enjoyed it immensely. History coming alive in front of you. I can almost feel and visualized the families who lived in the units. Our guide was knowledgeable and was able to respond to our queries. I highly recommend... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Absolutely one of the highlights of our trip. We did the Hard Times tour and we cannot wait to go back and do them all! Our guide was extreme knowledgeable about the history regarding this tenement and the past residents. Absolutely amazing experience.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

As an instructor of American literature, I have wanted to visit the Tenement Museum for some time as much American literature is written by immigrants. I am glad I finally was able to go. Being in the spaces gave what I have read about a "realness" ie., the constraints, the workshop in the home, etc. We viewed three different apartments... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

What an amazing experience. Here is a rare opportunity to literally step back in time and hear about the real life stories of wonderful people who lived in that space. Inspiring, informative, provocative, honouring, respectful. This is a must see destination that will re establish your faith in humanity. Thank you tenement museum for your vision passion and drive to... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We chose the Hard Times tour. It told the story of two families who had lived in the "Museum" Tenement during two different times of immigration. The apartments were eerily authentic and the guide made me feel like I understood the experience of the families at the time they inhabited the apartments . Well done! The Museum Store was chocked... More 

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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 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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