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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.
  • Excellent74%
  • Very good19%
  • 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 1 week ago

Went to the Irish Outsiders - It was a great learning experience. Our guide Meghan was knowledgable and made the tour very interesting.

Thank Diva3inFrance
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I believe this should be a must for any visitor interested in history. I went on 2 tours, both were fascinating. Given more time, I would like to have gone on more tours as each apartment gives a different view of different points in history....More

Thank shelleybgood
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is a history gem - fascinating; enlightening, surprising. Walking back through the neighborhood and history to gain an understanding of life as an immigrant. You will need to use your imagination as the guides tell stories of the families who lived in these tenements....More

Thank joebrkly
Reviewed 1 week ago

Many years ago, my wife and I had visited this museum of the immigrant experience with our then children, and had taken a tour of the apartments upstairs. This time we toured the ground floor space which was successively a neighborhood lager tavern and then...More

Thank LWL3333
Reviewed 1 week ago

This museum is a real treasure. The only place where you can see how the immigrants in the 19th and early 20th century lived. It is especially moving if your own relatives lived in this neighborhood. The hardships, overcrowding and hard work they endured is...More

1  Thank Shirley L
Reviewed 1 week ago

Just by chance, I chose the Shop Life tour from the many different tours they offer about Tenement life. Our guide told us this was the only tour that was air conditioned, which I was so thankful for on a 90 degree day at 3:00...More

Thank edmondite
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a wonderful trip down memory lane. Whether curious about your own ancestor's immigrant experience or interested in those who graced America's shores over time, this museum preserves the stories of real families and does a marvelous job caring for the homes they lived...More

Thank Ivy C
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

And We don't complain less than 100 years ago! Than GOD at least the Irish have one testament to the horrors we survived at the hands of Americns. And yet look how far we have risen with NO HELP. There was no affirmative action for...More

3  Thank Tl D
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A friend recommended the Tenement Museum. I must admit that I was a bit a underwhelmed at the thought, but decided to give it a try. I loved it! So fascinating and informative. Our guide, Ali, was very knowledgeable and accommodating to our inquisitive group....More

Thank jillj1302
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My son and I visited. He was researching family history and I had read the book 97 Orchard, which took place at this tenement. We had three tours from which to choose, and we chose Irish Outsiders since we're Irish. The docent was knowledgeable and...More

Thank FluteyMichigan
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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7 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!
25 April 2017|
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Response from hhautledesma | Reviewed this property |
We purchased the CityPass booklets and did get to quite a few of the attactions, the Tenement Museum was not included in anything I could find, but definitely worth it. We did the Statute of Liberty, Ellis Island (did pay... More