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Tenement Museum
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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 17 July 2014

I don't like all that having to say where your from and what you think the people who lived here felt - but it was good and a real eye opener. Our guide (can't recall her name) was very good, it came to life and is a must for visitors (and locals).

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Reviewed 16 July 2014

Very evocative experience in an interesting part of the city. Great visit and the guide was very informative. Well worth seeking out.

Thank Col07
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Reviewed 13 July 2014

We had attempted to visit the Tenement Museum on our last visit, when accompanied by my immigrant inlaws. We missed it that time so made a special effort to visit this time. We did the 1.5 hr Shop Life tour.
The way they organize the museum is that each tour takes you to a different part of the tenement, so if you wanted to see the whole thing you'd have to do more than one tour.At $25 a tour, it can get to be an expensive proposition.
The shop tour was interesting, but our tour guide was not the most experienced, so she struggled (I felt) to keep us engaged for the full 1.5 hrs, since we only saw the ground floor of the Tenement. I guess that from a "value" perspective, I would have felt my money would have been better spent at the similarly priced Metropolitan Museum of Art.
If you get to the Museum and the tours are fully booked there is a free film, and the staff will give you a self guided walking tour that are both worthwhile to do. It's an interesting area of NYC to walk in.

1  Thank Cannuckk
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Reviewed 12 July 2014

Go back in time in NYC. This is one of those eye-opening tours you want your kids to see, just so they can experience what it was like to live in NYC a long time ago. Folks have lived in cities in America since the 1700's. This preserved tenement and is an excellent docent-led tour that really connects you with America's "everyman" past.

Where can you get a chance to experience what city life was like for "fresh off the boat" immigrants? At the Tenement Museum! - the Irish who came to America lived in this German owned housing. Built in the 1860's / during the War Between the States, this building was home to many until it was closed up in the 1930's.

When the tenement was re-discovered in the late 1980's, someone realized they had a magical glimpse into the past, and the building was preserved in its moved-out state. They built a very strong staircase at the back of the building to allow access to the third floor.

I'm not going to give away the very moving parts of the tour / but suffice to say, they have found relatives of folks who actually lived in this very building, and the connection and history adds a profound depth to the experience.

Definitely a thought-provoking tour. Highly recommended.

1  Thank richardgraber
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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.

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