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Tenement Museum

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Address: 103 Orchard Street, Lower East Side, New York City, NY 10002
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+1 877-975-3786
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Today
10:00 - 18:30
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Hours:
Thu 10:00 - 20:30
Fri - Wed 10:00 - 18:30
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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The Tenement Museum preserves the history of immigration through the...

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.

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Busy but worth it

Plan ahead and call to make a reservation for a tour. They book out a day or so before. We did the archeture walking tour, in the snow. Amazing trip seeing how buildings have... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
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East Hartford, Connecticut
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

The Tenement Museum is a series of different tours, each with a different focus on tenement life. Each one has a separate admission. We took the Shop Life tour, which takes you through a bar, the story of the family that lived there, and the shops that came after it. The tour lead seemed very well informed and gave a... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Plan ahead and call to make a reservation for a tour. They book out a day or so before. We did the archeture walking tour, in the snow. Amazing trip seeing how buildings have changed of the centuries and seeing some of the original tenement houses that are still up and being used. The Irish family tour was great too.... More 

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Crumlin, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

You need to book the various tours ahead of time as numbers are limited. Great experience and the guides are brilliant , very informative. The guides tell a story of an Irish couple who lived in the Tenement and how their daily life was .very interesting .

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Charlotte, North Carolina, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Had the pleasure to participate in the Hard Times tour and discussion. It was excellent and really made us think about the sacrifices that immigrants endured. They did make America what it is today. The educator, Josh, was very knowledgeable. He did a great job at encouraging dialogue. We will return for different tours.

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

We truly enjoyed the "Irish Outsiders" one hour tour of the 4th floor of the Tenement building. The tour leader was very knowledgeable and organized. I intend to do more of the tours. This is a brilliant way to learn the history of my adopted city and how it has evolved.

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Fremont, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Very informative. Many of the same views some people have on immigration that exist today existed in the 30s.

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Derby, Connecticut
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We enjoyed this tour which showed the beginning of the New York garment industry. It showed how families lived in the late 1800,s. The apartments had no toilets or running water. It showed what their lives were like and was very informative and interesting.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Knowledgeable young woman gave good tour of 3 rooms and one hour history lecture. Not my cup of tea, but my kids and husband really enjoyed it. I was impressed that the kids had the patience to stand for an hour while basically getting a history lecture - you are not allowed to touch anything.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Almost an exact depiction especially of the kitchen in our apartments in Brownsville-East New York Brooklyn in the late Forties and Fifties.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

I enjoyed our tour on Irish immigrants, although I don't have any direct ties to the subject. The tour occurred in the tenement building an we went up at least 5 flights of stairs. Much of the building remains unrestored. The rooms that have been restored are well done and great attention had been paid to the details and efforts... More 

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Straddling the bridge between New York’s thriving immigrant past and its modern transformation into a beacon of global art and culture, the Lower East Side is one of the most dynamic neighbourhoods in the city. The blocks of tenements that represented the promise and blight of the Lower East Side immigrant experience now command top dollar for new residents. Right next to old-world delis, 24-hour bodegas, and the garment shops of Orchard Street, you’ll find hip clubs, fashionable bistros, and luxury hotels beckoning at all hours of the evening. If you love nightlife and live music, it’s hard to beat the scene here.
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