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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 a different area of the building or neighborhood.
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  • Average4%
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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

Awesome!!! Loved the history - loved the tour of Hard Times. Want to go back to do the other tours if I can score a discount offering. When traveling with family can get pricey. Enjoy if you go - and if in summer, be sure...More

Thank loveagoodrestaurant
Reviewed 3 days ago

This museum has a variety of tours available as well as a free movie. We took the HARD TIMES tour led by a fabulous guide - Emily. The Museum is an actual tenement that housed around 7000 working class immigrants. We learned about the historically...More

Thank frenchlouie
Reviewed 3 days ago

I took the "Hard Life" tour and it was excellent. Our knowledgeable guide took us back 150 years to explore the hard time of Jewish and Italian immigrants in their first year in NYC through the economic hardship and financial struggle. Take your kids and...More

Thank pinir67
Reviewed 3 days ago

Really excellent museum - fascinating history, and a very good tour guide; she brought the place alive; we did the basement German beer bar tour

Thank John F
Reviewed 4 days ago

The Tenement Museum is not like the usual museum set-up where you walk around and look at artefacts and displays and learn by reading. The Tenement Museum teaches through narrative and a journey through actual tenements and the day to day lives of residents of...More

Thank jengfrost
Reviewed 4 days ago

Get your tickets early -- the tours are small because the rooms are small in the tenements, and the tickets sell out fast. Very interesting and worthwhile information about how different waves of immigrants lived and made their living in NYC. A place to make...More

Thank picturegal
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

I really enjoyed this museum because you actually get to walk through an old to dilapidated building that someone in the 1800s lived in. In addition, you choose a tour based on the immigrant's nationality or work environment. My only advice is to visit on...More

Thank Calitraveler50
Reviewed 5 days ago

My 3-generation family group of 4 all enjoyed our hour in the tenements. Not sure that the teens from southern California had seen an outhouse before. Sitting in the actual (identical if not actual) space on the 4th floor walkup that the family we learned...More

Thank Wanda H
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

The Tenement Museum on Orchard Street in the Lower East side of Manhattan NYC is well worth a visit. There are several tours of nearby buildings that set off from the museum including the one of a Sweat Shop that I visited. All tours are...More

Thank Lynden N
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

I took a large group of students there last week and everyone very much enjoyed the history and educational content delivered throughout the tour. It is so amazing to he able to walk through time and see how these people live back then. An eye...More

Thank Steve R
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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If I book a tour and it is over at 1pm can I do another tour that start right after? At 1pm. I want to do a Hard Times tour from noon to 1pm and than a walking tour that starts at 1pm. Is this possible?
26 April 2017|
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Response from Amanda W | Reviewed this property |
They are ally prompt with start and finish times so I am sure you could, however the tours are extremely popular so just make sure you book way in advance. Enjoy!
I'm coming to NYC (world events permitting) this year and a work colleague has recommended a visit to the Tenement Museum. I've had a look at the website and it looks fascinating. My question is does the museum take part in any of the 'visitor attraction passes' that I have seen advertised (such as NYGO Select, NY Explorer, CityPass, etc.). I have looked at the lists of attractions on a few of those but could not find the Tenement Museum listed. Basically, as we are on a budget, I'm looking to save a bit of money on entry fees across the various attractions we would like to visit in your amazing city. Thank you for any advice.
26 April 2017|
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Response from hhautledesma | Reviewed this property |
We purchased the CityPass booklets and did get to quite a few of the attactions, the Tenement Museum was not included in anything I could find, but definitely worth it. We did the Statute of Liberty, Ellis Island (did pay... More
Jerry D
What is the address of this Museum?
29 January 2017|
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Response from davidhQ9728BH | Reviewed this property |
Yes, the museum is located on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, 103 Orchard Street--to be exact. If you can google Tenement Museum New York Cite for its webiste and other information.