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“Interesting look at life in a tenement”
Review of Tenement Museum

Tenement Museum
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Ranked #28 of 1,148 things to do in New York City
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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.
Reviewed 8 May 2014

We took the Irish tour and enjoyed it. Our guide was knowedgable and nice. I wish the tour had covered more of the museum, though. You don't actually see very much and they do not let you take photos. I wish we had had time to do more than one tour, there is certainly a lot to be learned here.

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Reviewed 8 May 2014

The Tenement Museum is the epicenter of how New York evolved.It has many fantastic tours to give you a taste of New York life through the voices, space and homes of the people who lived it.

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Reviewed 7 May 2014

We took two tours. One was inside the museum and provided information on the lives of people making their living in the garment industry in the early 1900's. It was made even more interesting by the comments of other on the tour whose grandparents had lived in the neighborhood. We also took the tour which was a walk around the neighborhood featuring food of immigrants over the years. It gave you a good sense of how each immigrant wave made their mark in over the years. The tour included a sampling of various foods. We also got a list a the different places we visited and were able to return to some for a more extensive sampling of the food on our own after the tour finished.

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Reviewed 7 May 2014

Guided tour of restored tenement housing common in NY throughout the 1800 and 1900s. Gives you a personal snapshot how difficult life might have been for our ancestors.

Thank David M
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Reviewed 6 May 2014

Apart from this stupid no photo policy designed to drain your pockets in the gift shop (explained as copyright protection by the tour guide) this is a great way to spend a couple of hours immersed in the history of the US in general and the LES in particular. The guide (I think their official title is the rather awkward 'educator') was fine but was a little prone to treat the group as eleven year-olds and needed to draw clumsy and superficial conclusions about the parallels between the sweatshops of the 1890s and the workforces of today. Their website is oddly confusing. Put simply you can only see the actual 'tenement' on a booked tour. You can go to their center (a different address a few doors along Orchard) during regular hours.

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