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“great history of the urban life of immigrants” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Tenement Museum

Tenement Museum
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US$107.00*
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NY Urban Pioneers Private Walking Tour
Ranked #26 of 1,068 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.
Palo Alto, California
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“great history of the urban life of immigrants”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 May 2014

We enjoyed this tour so much, we joined the museum and signed up for another tour.
It was definitely worth the price of admission. It was tough to choose which restored apartments to visit. In each, the story of a family who actually lived there is told. The history from 1860s to 1930s is learned by attending different tours.
The guides are well trained, and it is clear that the Museum staff has done its research well. Including giving information about what has happened to the descendants of the residents they talk about.
Be prepared to climb several flights of steep stairs!

Visited May 2014
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“Great Living History Museum”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 May 2014

My daughter (10) loves museums that bring history to life. This museum is small, but the guided tours really allow that to happen. Visitors can ask questions of the guide as they walk through an old tenement restored to its 1860s decor. Good for kids (and adults) who are curious about how life was lived and the challenges of that time.

Visited May 2014
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“Fascinating!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 May 2014 via mobile

This treasure of a museum is hidden away on the lower east side, it is a perfectly preserved example of tenement life when they could be home to a variety of immigrants and huge families. There are several different tours, we did the hard times one, which focused on an immigrant family in the late 1800's and a family from the 1930's depression era - each apartment was decorated faithfully and the guide presented a thorough history of the (factual) families based on information they had gathered in censuses.
We would definitely recommend a visit to see a more gritty and realistic side of NYC history.

Visited April 2014
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“Excellent chance to experience the life of immigrants on the Lower East Side”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 May 2014

With a choice of restored apartments, many of which have actors portraying the part of early immigrants, this well planned out NYC attraction offers visitors to see and experience immigrant life on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. My favorite is the Confino apartment and the story told by "Victoria" Confino. My Museum (Kehila Kedosha Janina), close by on Broome Street, gives an annual orientation to the Victorias to ensure that the story of non-Ashkenazi (Sephardic) Jews is properly told.

Visited May 2014
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“Eye-Opening”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 May 2014

A somber trip through what the 19th century immigrants experienced in their daily lives. They definitely did not have an easy time of it while striving for "The American Dream."

Visited May 2014
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