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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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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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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... read more

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West Chester, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday 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 3 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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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

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 6 days ago NEW

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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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Given the current political situation, a visit to this museum is very timely. Great for most ages (not young children?). Interesting to learn the history. Highly recommend.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We took the Hard Times tour and the Sweatshop Workers tour. Each one was an hour long, but the guide spun it out and spent quite a bit of time trying to get people to ask questions, even if they really didn't have any. The beginning of the tour was the same in each case - I didn't want to... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The museum will be enjoyed by anyone who appreciates the history of New York and is a fun experience even for those who don't typically enjoy spending hours in a museum.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is no ordinary museum! I have taken four of the five tours and can't wait to go back for the one I haven't been on. It is a museum with a personal touch. I would say this is one of the things not to miss in NYC!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Took the Irish Tenement tour. It was informative and well done. This museum offers different cultural tours.

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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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