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Tenement Museum

103 Orchard St, Lower East Side, New York City, NY 10002-3102
+1 877-975-3786
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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.
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  • Average4%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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Hours Today: 10:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
103 Orchard St, Lower East Side, New York City, NY 10002-3102
Lower East Side
+1 877-975-3786
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Reviewed 2 days ago

There's a lot to be learned here if you're a student of the history of NYC, even on a mild passing level. Be warned, it is very pricey, but I suppose one must tale solace in knowing the money is put towards preserving its history....More

Thank DFCson
Reviewed 2 days ago

We took the 'Hard Times' tour which was very interesting. the fact that the tours are based around the stories of real people really help to make them come alive. One of the set of rooms had been recreated from the memories of a lady...More

Thank soomark1
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Spent an hour on the ‘Hard Times’ tour at this fascinating area of NYC. $25 each for an hour tour of an old apartment and a tour guide telling us about the families that lived there in 1880 & 1930’s. Guide was knowledgable and answered...More

Thank DRMarch2011
Reviewed 3 days ago

This museum was fascinating. It does require you to make a reservation because they take you on various tours of the old tenements on the block and explain the history of different families that once lived there. Fascinating!

Thank MAM582
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

After many years of saying we needed to visit this museum, we made it the focal point for a mini-vacation in Manhattan. We did two tours and watched the museum’s introductory video, which is about as much as tourists should try in one visit. Both...More

Thank Jonathan R
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This hidden gem is a walk through history. Experience the lives of generations of immigrants as you walk through a building full of history with great tour guides. No gimmicks or hitech just historical research and plenty of love.

1  Thank Liora V
Reviewed 1 week ago

The museum wasn't on our list of attractions, but after receiving a couple referrals, the trip was worth it. The gift shop is amazing, a collection of NY and historical finds. The staff is plentiful and helpful. Buy your tickets in advance or be prepared...More

Thank Kathy H
Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited the Tenement Museum, taking two tours: “Sweatshop Workers” followed by the 2-hour walking food tour of the Lower East Side. The Museum building is very interesting, being relatively unchanged over the past 100+ years. You can see the original structure, and the layers...More

1  Thank robcL2250LW
Reviewed 1 week ago

Booked my tickets ahead of time, on-line and received a surcharge for my trouble. Tour, Shop Life was overbooked (4+) and they didn't know it so they continued to sell tickets at the counter. While the known history of the residents were given in detail,...More

1  Thank onloclightelec
Reviewed 1 week ago

Seeing how immigrants landed and lived in NY many years ago was very interesting and at the end of the tour is a fun interactive activity.

Thank connie062
Lower East Side
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
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10 February 2018|
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Response from Harvey O | Reviewed this property |
I’ve not done the new tour yet, however if it’s as good as the original, it should be great. If you go, please update!
10 February 2018|
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Response from Wendy E | Reviewed this property |
We had that issue as well so we took the Taste of the Tenement tour. There was a short guided tour where there were a few stairs and a place to sit while the guide spoke. Then a meal consisting of foods from the area from... More
19 January 2018|
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Response from Denise G | Reviewed this property |
Anytime, anywhere in NYC I always use the tripplanner information page from New York's Mass Transit Authority just plug in where you are and where you want to go and this website will give you several options. Perfect site... More