Tenement Museum
Tenement Museum
4.5
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
About
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.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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  • l0zzab0zza
    Reading, United Kingdom31 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Brilliant museum
    Absolutely fascinating tour of a tenement building throughout the years. We took the 1949 to present tour Our guide was extremely knowledgeable on every aspect of the families that lived in these apartments and the traumas they went through to ensure their families wouldn't live the same lives they had to go through. To think a couple could ensure years of torture in death camps to become parents and live "normal" lives is credit to who they were. The level of detail in each of the rooms, curated by the actual families who lived there and experts in purchasing antiques from the time really set the tone. Id love to work there!
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 17 April 2023
  • Katie R
    6 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    An excellent museum and tour - booking essential
    I went on the Finding Home tour with Stefania (please accept my apologies if I've misspelled that). She is an exceptionally good guide and the tour was very informative, interesting and moving. This is one of the best museums I've been to, in NYC or anywhere, and I'd highly recommend it. Pre-booking is advisable as the tours are rightly very popular. The gift shop is also excellent. Thank you so much for a brilliant experience.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 22 April 2023
  • Guide13586497251
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    An interesting hour spent at a day in the life in 1902
    Superbe experience! This museum tour brings history back to life. The tour guide tells us the story passionately and really connects with participants. Nice book and gift shop completes this very interesting experience.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 12 May 2023
  • 99rainraingoaway
    Glasgow, United Kingdom94 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Interesting
    The information given by the docent was very interesting about two families who lived there 100 years apart with reference to census data and recordings of the inhabitants. The digital displays were good. What for me was a little disappointing was not seeing more of the living conditions. We saw a 70s bed in a room and some 19th century furniture in a revised location due to building works. I’m more familiar with the Tenement House in Glasgow which has a 4 room tenement apartment set up much as it was when one family lived there from 1911 to 1965 which you can wander round at your leisure.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 6 June 2023
  • Linda C
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    An Important part of American History
    I went to Tenement Museum with family. We went to the 1902 Tour of the Jewish family who started a butcher shop. The apartment was home to their little clothes factory. It was the tour that fit our time frame. Our guide really knew her history of this time period and was very interesting. Although we were told this family tour was not yet in the original building they had their belongings there and we saw the hardship and family life very well. I cant wait to go back and take a different families tour. We are not Jewish but this tour was very important to life in the US for newly arriving families.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 1 July 2023
  • Amy B
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Don’t Miss the Tenement Museum
    My husband, cousin, and I took the “Exploring a Tenement: 1933” tour on our visit to NYC in July. The tour was 1 hour long and detailed the life of the Baldizzi family, who lived there in the 1930s. Our tour guide was wonderful and had a vast knowledge of the Baldizzi family, history of the time and place, and immigration policies of the time. She made the family’s story come alive and always kept the tour interesting. There are stairs to climb, as this is an older building. Chairs were available throughout the tour. The perfectly reconstructed apartment was small, but clean and bright. I highly recommend this tour, which you don’t have to be a history buff to enjoy. There are various tours to choose from, and next time I’m in NYC, I will go on another. We took the subway from the west side to get to Orchard Street. Easy to find.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 27 July 2023
  • Sunshine563764
    Nantwich, United Kingdom16 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Good tour at the Tenement Museum
    We did the Finding Home tour, which was about a Jewish family and a Puerto Rican family. The tour guide was very informative and the furnishings in the tenement flat brought his stories to life. It was really interesting and I would recommend it.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 9 September 2023
  • Sajoni
    Hastings, New Zealand41 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A SIX star experience
    We did a one hour tour of one of the apartments in the tenement building that has been restored and wished we had booked more. Had a really informative guide who made it all come alive. What a great way to learn about NYC history. And the bookshop is wonderful. I was only limited by my luggage space. This is a must for visitors to New York City
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 3 October 2023
  • mjpc36
    Reno, Nevada42 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very informative
    On a girls trip we stopped here for the Women of 1902 tour. It was so interesting! We learned a lot and it was really neat to be in the apartment and see how they would live. They had to be so strong (emotionally, physically, etc…) and it was inspiring to see what people did to survive and thrive.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 30 October 2023
  • MarkLA73
    Aberdeen, United Kingdom61 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fascinating tour of the life of a German family.
    We went on the Family Owned tour which told the story of early German settlers living in the tenement in the mid 1800s. Very interesting story and fascinating to see the living conditions. The house has a mock up of the saloon bar which the family ran during their stay. Well worth the visit.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 25 November 2023
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Giovanna S
New York City, NY4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
If you are visiting New York or live here and haven’t gone to the Tenement Museum, put it on your list!! It gives you the opportunity to step back in time, see how early immigrants and residents of Lower Manhattan lived and hear their stories. The tour guides are fantastic and delight in exploring the questions members of the tour pose to them.

The work The Tenement Museum does to continue to uncover the stories of early residents of New York and share them with the public is so important!
Written 14 April 2024
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montanaJIm
Missoula, MT2,219 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
Excellent tour of a historic building and the people that lived in it. We took two tours, one in the underground area that was a german bar/living area from the late 1800's, and another tour of an apartment from a family in the 1950-1960's. Both areas are recreated just as it would have been in those times. Individuals that had lived in those apartments could remember items and memories from those rooms.
Written 11 April 2024
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Melissa J
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Friends
Loved this tour! You really get a feel for the immigrant’s experience and what life was like in the time period. Our educator/ guide was wonderful! Can’t remember her name but she was a young woman with dark hair whose mother is French and her Dad, Irish. She was so knowledgeable, well spoken and pleasant. If I ever visit NYC again, I’ll take another tour here. My friend who isn’t really into history was as fascinated as I was.
Written 6 April 2024
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Sean C
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
Our family of 5 (ages 13, 11 and 8) really enjoyed the Tenement Museum. It was a little over our 8 year olds head, and there was a lot of standing for long periods of time that made it tiring for the little legs at times, but otherwise we loved hearing the amazing stories of the families that lived here. An incredible piece of history that is not often told and is important for our kids to hear. We did the Under One Roof tour, and really enjoyed learning about the histories of these families.
Written 4 April 2024
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Nancy S
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Solo
Learning about immigration and people who built this nation through storytelling . Very effective and interesting!I will recommend this to anyone who wants to immerse themselves in what it felt like to be an immigrant.
Written 3 April 2024
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TAP647
Chicago, IL517 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
Highly recommend. Very informative. Enjoyed the 100 Years Apart tour. My children learned so much. Our tour had unique interactive learning elements, which they enjoyed.
Written 29 March 2024
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Tpamart
8 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Friends
We choose the jewish(Russian) and Italian families under one roof tour.
This was very much akin to a middle/primary school tour.
The operator was good but was very flat in places
There was a lot of emphasis on unions .Which seems to be very evident on other 5 star reviews.I do not think trip advisor is the correct place to express solidarity with union conflicts .
Not so much on how the families actually lived on a day to day basis ,what did they do?what food did they eat ?What did the children do.
It could have been so much better
One note the Italian matriach Rosa returned to Palermo in 1948 to find the place had changed -I wonder why ??Did the tour guide miss this one? On no occassion was either of the world wars mentioned and what a massive impact this would have had on their children growing up.
The tour was very cramped and felt very rushed
As said before many oppertunities missed
I do not recommend this tour ,especially for anyone with mobility issues
Written 13 March 2024
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Alison J
Tyne and Wear34 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
We did the 'Finding Home' tour. It was excellent- very interesting and informative. It really brought the social history of NYC to life. I hope I get the chance to go back and do another tour.
Written 9 March 2024
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Gary Q
Bray, Ireland64 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Really interesting tour of the Moore family home in the 1860s and how they came to live in the area - with a fantastic guide (Lucy)..well worth a visit!
Written 29 February 2024
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mountaineergirl04
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Friends
My friends and I loved our tour chronicling Chinese and Jewish immigrants across time. Our guide was great, and deserves a fair contract with living wages! Union now, just like our ancestors said :)
Written 23 February 2024
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