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Tenement Museum

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Address: 103 Orchard Street, Lower East Side, New York City, NY 10002
Phone Number:
+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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Outstanding museum

This museum is very well done and informative. Our docent was excellent. It is an easy subway trip from Times Square and a completely different atmosphere from most of the tourist... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
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Bridgeport, TX
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Bridgeport, TX
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

This museum is very well done and informative. Our docent was excellent. It is an easy subway trip from Times Square and a completely different atmosphere from most of the tourist attractions in the city.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Quit engrossing but it is a very detailed focus on only a selected occupant/family rather than an overall history. Tour times will dictate what you will encounter, so pre- booking is advisable to ensure you get to tour what you want.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We got there in time for the last tour of the day, Meet The Residents, Victoria Confino. Our guide, SJ, was very engaging. The story was fascinating, sad, very timely given what's happening in our country right now. But the BEST part of this tour was the actress playing the part of 14 year old Victoria. SHE WAS FABULOUS! There... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

I was so excited to book this tour. I took the outsiders Irish immigrants tour. Absolutely fabulous! Seeing how people lived and hearing their stories was so interesting! Our tour guide was knowledgeable and very personable. She answered all of the questions that were asked. I cannot wait to take other tours of the Tenement Museum when I go back... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We all had a great time. Learned a lot and the group leader was very knowledgeable. Would highly recommend this if visiting NYC.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Went to the Hard Times tour and learned about how immigrants lived starting in the late 19th century century through 1935. When you walk into the tenement it is in disrepair. Untouched from when it was closed. But they reconstructed two apartments so you can see how two different families lived. How they struggled, loved, cared for their children, and... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

All big cities have art galleries and science museums. So it's great to find something completely unique to a destination. This museum provides just that - fascinating window into life on the lower east side.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Excellent -I now understand the importance of this area and the immigrant problems.should not be missed.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

By visiting this we gained an insight into what life was like for the immigrant families that came to America to start a new life. Wonderful building with unique atmosphere with a fabulous guide. Well worth a visit.

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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a most unusual museum as it is the actual apartments where the immigrants lived and worked. They are in a couple of different buildings. Note that there are no elevators to use to reach the top floors. It's amazing to see how small a space people would live and work in, and still it feels like a home.... More 

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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 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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