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“Historical Perspective”
Review of Tenement Museum

Tenement Museum
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East Village Walking Tour with Food Tasting
Ranked #28 of 1,151 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 different areas of our two historic tenement buildings or neighborhood.
Reviewed 18 March 2007

Thanks to Tripadvisor, this was a "must see" on our recent trip. We impressed at the passion and knowledge of the young tour guide. She interacted with all nationalities and ages. The museum gives a wonderful historical perspective to Manhattan and how the hardworking immigrants contributed to the history and culture of this great city. I felt as if I was in a scene from "A Tree Grows in Brooklyn". Tours leave from Visitors Centre only, across the road Book early and allow plenty of time as some tours fill quickly and there could be a wait, however, Guss's pickles is on same street and Katz's Deli is around corner in Houston and Ludlow.

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Reviewed 9 January 2007

This museum was certainly worth the visit. I went with my extended family, including 3 young boys, each over 5 years old- all who gained alot from their visit. On some of the tours, the guides play the people who originally lived in the tenements. You learn their life story and are free to ask questions of them. Your tour group even plays a role of a large family looking for a place to stay. The interaction with the tour guides is perfect for children to gain an understanding of life in a tenament during the early 1900's. It really is memorable for all.

11  Thank TravelingLite
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Reviewed 6 January 2007

This is definitely worth the cost. It gave me a good sense of the city's history and better understanding of US's culture(s).

You can only view the Museum on a tour. They run about 3 or 4 different tours. If you're on a tight budget you need only do a single tour. The guides are very knowledgeable, very thorough and love their subject , so all of them tend to cover 90% of the same information. If you have plenty of cash, you won't be boored by a second or third tour because you get to see more buildings and pick up on some different nuances of the history as a result.

Hint: make sure you have the Museum's address and a map when you head out. Unlike other attractions in New York, the Tenement Museum doesn't stand out like a sore thumb. It is just a tenement building, surrounded by other tenement buildings which are still in use today. It is camoflaged. So, you need to know exactly where you're going. Alternatively, you could get some exercise and see a nice cross section of the city by cluelessly wandering around like the lost tribes of Israel, through China Town and Little Italy, like I did.

16  Thank happysheila
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Reviewed 18 September 2006

Visited the Tenement Museum on 9/16/2006. The tour guide was very knowledgeable and the tour itself was extremely educational! I learned the meaning of "tenement," and why the immigrants settled where they did, but most of all got a better sense for the living conditions that the tenement residents experienced! I'd recommend any of the several tours to anyone who is the least bit interested in U S history.

7  Thank Rocky-from-PA
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Reviewed 19 March 2006

This is a must do to understand the immigrant experience of NYC and, hence, NYC itself. You get to actually visit a tenement, untouched, it is very fascinating to see how people lived 100 years ago. As all tours are timed, make sure you prebook, because when I was there lots of people were being turned away - (-)tenement(-). This is great for the entire family, especially children, to understand how our country was built, and to understand that for todays immigrants, things are somewhat the same.

11  Thank NYCgirl
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