Tenement Museum
Tenement Museum
4.5
10:00 - 17:30
Monday
10:00 - 17:30
Tuesday
10:00 - 17:30
Wednesday
10:00 - 17:30
Thursday
10:00 - 17:30
Friday
10:00 - 18:00
Saturday
10:00 - 18:00
Sunday
10:00 - 17:30
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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Neighbourhood: Downtown Manhattan (Downtown)
How to get there
  • Delancey St • 2 min walk
  • Essex St • 3 min walk
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  • 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 Kingdom14 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 Zealand44 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, Nevada41 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 Kingdom109 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
  • Crissy K
    Memphis, Indiana806 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great place to see history
    I love history and found this place very interesting. If I lived in the city I would buy some kind of annual pass and go back and listen to every story. We were in a bit of a time crunch and chose the tour that was next up. It was on a Jewish family and a family from Puerto Rico. The young man that led our tour ( I think David) was very knowledgeable. I loved the fact that they blended stories from the family into the tour. It made an impact. All the items from that period were great. If you like history I highly recommend.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 30 November 2023
  • Ed L
    Liverpool, United Kingdom24 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent and informative history of real people who lived in New York in 19th C
    Fascinating snapshot of the history of real people who lived in New York. We did the After the Famine tour. Our educator, Camilla, was so knowledgeable and helped make the story of the Irish family insightful and relatable. I would highly recommend a tenement museum tour for anyone visiting the city and interested in its history.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 6 December 2023
  • Jen
    Boston, Massachusetts17 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great experience!
    I took my niece to see the Under One Roof tour because it represented our heritage. Silas was an incredible tour guide and really emphasized the importance of telling personal stories to make history relevant. This was my second time to the museum and I tell everyone to go!
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 18 December 2023
  • Raf Roggeman
    Asse, Belgium101 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    always interesting
    We followed the building on the lower east side tour. It was my second time on a Tenement Museum guided tour, and it is always interesting. The tour handled as well historical subjects as subjects from current times.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 25 December 2023
  • Helen KV
    Fife, United Kingdom25 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Brilliant guided tour!
    Loved my visit to the Tenement Museum. It was tricky to pick a tour but I went for 'After the Famine', which was about an Irish family who came to live in New York. The tour guide Ashley was absolutely brilliant. So knowledgeable and a really natural speaker. She was so interested in our questions and explained a lot of extra stuff when we asked. She's in the right job! Fascinating stories and brought the two tenement flats we saw to life in a way that just walking around them wouldn't have. Absolutely fascinating. Gift shop is lovely too and really clean toilets!
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 1 January 2024
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Footprints320457
Odenton, MD4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2024 • Friends
Wonderful museum! You tour restored and recreated apartments of NYC immigrants from the 1800’s. We picked A Union of Hope:1869 and After the Famine. Sophie, The tour guide on A Union of Hope was fantastic! It was an amazing story of an African American family, their Irish boarders and building. I highly recommend the tour. After the Famine was interesting because we are Irish and their story paralleled our ancestors but I heard rave reviews for Tenement Women and Family Owned. Watch the movie (30 min) before starting your tour. Great bookstore and gift shops as well. We had lunch at the near by Sunday Sundays and it was great.
Written 6 July 2024
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Kristen P
Brookfield, CT289 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2024 • Solo
This museum has been on my NYC bucket list for years. You will choose from multiple limited entry guided tours depending on which topic you’d like to learn more about. Tours are about an hour. I went on the Family Owned tour where I learned about a couple from what is now Germany. (Prussia/Bavaria) and their saloon. The gift shop is excellent. Interesting neighborhood too.
Written 6 July 2024
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Dirk V
Ghent, Belgium147 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2024 • Couples
The idea of the museum is great . You actually get a good impression of how people lived in new york in 1916. The formula of hearing the story out of the mouth of an actress playing a 14 year old child pleased me - being an actor myself . We were asked to step into her world , ask age appropriate questions and go with that flow . UNFORTUNATELY the whole idea of the 14 year old girl in 1916 playing coy and innocent was destroyed by the fact that the actress wore a 2024 post covid mask . Why ? ( i asked ) Well she was not feeling that well . Well, be true to your 1916 and hold a handkerchief. That the guide wore a mask as well “ because Olivia always wears one “ - Duh ? - bothered me less . Everybody may be hysterical if they want . But alas the whole charade was a sham . It marred the experience. ( None of the other guides had a mask on , so choose your tour carefully if you are susceptible to “ reality “ .
Written 4 July 2024
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Momof2kids321
Chesapeake, VA7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Family
We went on the 1869 After the Famine Tour. Our guide was very friendly and informative. You learn about a real life family that lived in the building. The tour also goes into what else was going on in the City at that time to get a feeling of how these people must have dealt with everyday life.
Written 2 July 2024
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lucycan
San Diego, CA3,507 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Solo
You literally can't find a "museum" like this anywhere else in the US. Its a building that was boarded up from the 1930s to the 1980s so everything inside is much as it was when it was built in the 1840s. They have left some areas unrestored and restored some areas to be like the families would have left them. The tour I did, the "after the famine" tour follows the time when an Irish family lived in one of the apartments. The guide MADE the tour. He was amazing. You learn so much and not JUST about the building. Well worth the hour and the cost. Top 25 activity in NYC.
Written 27 June 2024
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katiemaroo
Melbourne, Australia140 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Couples
The Tenement Museum has a wonderful book shop with many excellent books and information on many aspects of the growth of New York since the 1700’s.

We toured a tenement house and was given a history of how difficult it was for black people to integrate into their new lives.. We were given very interesting information about slavery and the integration of black people into different areas of New York. The tenement building we visited certainly shows how overcrowding occurred and how poverty affected people after arriving into New York and how many different nationalities came to the district of the lower east side of Manhattan.

The museum is a great resource of information if you are interested in the social side of how New York developed right back from the 1700’s.
Written 26 June 2024
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mwnci69
Conwy, UK28 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Couples
The highlight of our entire week. The staff are knowledgeable, passionate and friendly, and bring the people, house and history to life. The property is in a wonderful state of preservation, really thought-provoking. We did a walking tour and the house, both fantastic.
Written 25 June 2024
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Robin B
Phoenix, AZ1,426 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Couples
We had been wanting to visit this for a long time. The last time we were in New York, we were being cheap. Let’s face it: $30 a tour is a little pricey. But this trip we decided to bite the bullet and take two tours and both tours were well worth the price. We did the “Under One Roof” tour first. Sallie was our guide for that tour and she was one of the best docent/tour guides I’ve encountered in a long time. She knew everything about the history of the two families, immigrants and the tenement itself. Our second tour, “After the Famine” was interesting as well, but the docent, while knowledgeable, wasn’t as enthusiastic as Sallie. There is a very nice gift shop. Splurge and take a tour.
Written 20 June 2024
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jehrler
Minnesota32 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
The most articulate and knowledgeable guide ever. Elaine was our guide during the "After the Famine" tour. She started with the root cause of the potato famine and subsequent immigration to the US. She illuminated the socioeconomic externalities that impacted the lives of these individuals by telling the story of one family and their life experience. It was an incredibly well-researched multi-level presentation that was informative and provocative. Thank you, Elaine.
Written 6 June 2024
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Ryan P
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Family
This un-traditional museum offers little in the way of formal exhibits and artifacts on display. The appeal rests largely in the museum’s unique guided apartment and neighborhood tours. I would recommend first-time visitors to opt for one of their apt. tours, as these let you see the re-created tenement living spaces of different immigrant families in the Lower East Side over the last 160 years. The guide for our tour (*Family Owned) was knowledgeable, friendly, and passionate about telling the story of past immigrant families and their myriad contributions to the history, character, and heritage of New York City. All tours must be booked in advance through the museum’s website, each one costing $30 per adult head. There also is a gift shop where one can purchase (overpriced) nick-knacks, clothing apparel, and books.
Written 5 June 2024
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