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“Great Tour/Museum”
Review of Tenement Museum

Tenement Museum
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Ranked #29 of 1,101 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.
New York
Level 4 Contributor
31 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“Great Tour/Museum”
Reviewed 9 July 2014

Granted I am a history buff, and specifically in this era, but even for those with me that are not, it was a great tour. Hands on, amazing to see how the first immigrants lived at the turn of the last century. Gives a whole new appreciation to who built this country and what they did to get where they are. Glad I went, would def. go back to to a different tour.

Visited October 2013
3 Thank Judith O
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 202 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 July 2014 via mobile

each tours is limited to about 15 people so it is smart to make a reservation. You can do multiple tours since they are apx one hour long.
there is some walking and a lot of stairs . Very knowledgable staff. Small
gift shop and free movie loop playing to keep you interested while you wait for your tour. These are original tenement buildings that have been recreated to show how they looked when NYC was experiencing massive immigration. they are not for profit , they deserve support.

Visited July 2014
2 Thank ReddyBro
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Jupiter, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
“Interesting Museum”
Reviewed 7 July 2014 via mobile

We really enjoyed this historic site. He did the hard times tour. Our guide was awesome. The building itself is like a trip in the past. Very unique experience. Worth the visit and time.

Thank Chicago1450
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Not the Usual Mansion Tour”
Reviewed 6 July 2014

After years of visiting mansions, this was a great view into how the rest of us would have lived. The museum has different apartments that reflect different families which actually lived here (20 apartments, some 7000 people passed through!). Great research and engaged guides make the connection between these historic lives and ours. We also did the Thursday evening "Tastings at the Tenement" which samples food from area restaurants and shops and shares how these "foreign tastes" have become mainstream in the past and are changing our palates today. We were a group of a 70ish grandmother, 50ish Mom & Dad, and two teens. We all enjoyed it. NOTE: the tenements aren't air conditioned. It could be hot!

Visited June 2014
4 Thank Wes H
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Hawkshead, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Must see attraction ”
Reviewed 6 July 2014 via mobile

I had read about this museum in a guide book and having wanted to go to Katz's Deli a few blocks away decided to head there / it was late afternoon on a sweltering day in the summer and we had no idea what a treat was to be in store - in the shop we were informed that the next tour was at 5pm & would last about a hour, i thought the $25 price was high but soon changed mind, hopeless with named our guide a lovely lady who could not have been more enthusiastic handed us all fans to help us stay cool ! We set off and what a delight all of a sudden you are transported through the portal into 1933 when the building was condemned for having wooden staircases and the last families were evicted / our tour was Hard Times telling the story of two families one from the 1800's and the other from the 1930's much of the building has been intentionally left as it was found in 1988 and had been left empty since the 1930's this adds to the experience in a way that words cannot easily describe as our guide carefully reconstructs the story of each family verbally explaining who they were where they came from and how they arrived to be living in these tenements bringing the stories up to the present day and their living families - if you are interested on genealogy or just interested in the lives of those pioneers heading to America in the 19th C then you should pay a visit to the museum, they have several tours each taking you through the lives of real families who lived in the building and so you could visit many times and have a different experience each time , we left as the sky darkened, thunder rolled in and a deluge of rain fell adding to the already eloquent understanding of these precious lives - well worth a visit, more than excellent value for money and a really fabulous experience that I will long remember.

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