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Tenement Museum

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Address: 103 Orchard St, Lower East Side, New York City, NY 10002-3102
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+1 877-975-3786
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10:00 - 18:30
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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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Visited this museum after reading about it. It was fantastic so real so atmospheric so informative. The guide (its a walking tour with many stairs) SJ was fabulous very... read more

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Dudley, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed today NEW via mobile

Visited this museum after reading about it. It was fantastic so real so atmospheric so informative. The guide (its a walking tour with many stairs) SJ was fabulous very compelling. Q & A in every room. One of the best museum shops ever with great line in books both fiction & non fiction. If you want to experience the real... More 

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

This is an old building where immigrants from Europe in the 1800's and early 1900's lived. It really helps one imagine what life must have been like for those people. It it truly one of kind!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

This museum gives a vivid experience of how immigrants live in difficult circumstances. It is an excellent way to teach children about the difficulties immigrants faced when they came to NYC. It's a reminder of the sacrifices people are willing to make to have the opportunity for a better life here for their families. I recommend that you purchase tickets... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Not sure how I've missed this place all of these years visiting New York. At any rate, a recent trip found us at this museum and I had to pass along the experience. This is a must-visit! NOTE: you MUST book a tour - museum is not a walk-up. Trips book up, so plan ahead. Tours are small, last about... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Love this museum! Great gift shop also. Guides were well learned in the subject. A very good idea of what life was like in the early 1900's NYC.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Friends had recommended this museum, so had it on the list but didn't know much about about. It turned out to be the outstanding surprise package of our 4 week visit to the USA and a highlight of our time in NYC. Took the Hard Times tour, and the 1 hour tour almost became two with the group so engrossed.... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We took the Shop tour. It was interesting along with being educational. We very much enjoyed that it is kept to a small group and was very personal. I will gladly take their other tours next time I get to NYC.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

This museum gives you a fascinating opportunity to see the lives of recent immigrant families to NYC in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Housed in an actual surviving tenement building, you can choose from several differing experiences of the lives of three or so immigrant families. In doing so, you are taken on a small group guided, interactive... More 

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Adelaide, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We thoroughly enjoyed our 1 hour Sweat Shop tour. Our guide was well informed and was able to pitch the information at a level which was appropriate for our twin 11 year old boys. We all found it very interesting. Being able to actually visit two Tenement apartments in original condition was a great eye opener and stimulated a lot... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This was one of the best 3 hours. I took 2 tours Irish outsiders and shop life. Only sorry I could not take any more. Next trip to New York, I will take more. Do not miss.

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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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