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Tenement Museum

103 Orchard St, Lower East Side, New York City, NY 10002-3102
+1 877-975-3786
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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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  • Average5%
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Hours Today: 10:00 - 20:30
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
103 Orchard St, Lower East Side, New York City, NY 10002-3102
Lower East Side
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Reviewed yesterday

We did the Hard Times tour and it was fantastic. Our guide was personable, knowledgeable, and attuned to her tour guests. I love most all history (that doesn't involve the tactical details of war battles), and this museum does not disappoint. To stand in those...More

Thank LindaTheElder
Reviewed yesterday

I live in NYC and when I have guests from out of town, this is one of the places I tell them to go. Each tour is different and wonderful in its own way. You will walk away with a real understanding of early New...More

Thank travelplanner1121
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

For anyone who wants to better understand the history of immigrants in America, the Tenement Museum is a must see. It’s important to point out that this is not a traditional museum. It comprises actual tenement buildings and apartments that were occupied by successive generations...More

Thank Larry L
Reviewed 3 days ago

We were a little early, nice bathroom and great store. Since it was freezing, I'm so glad they sold gloves, I wore them all week. You saved me. There is a movie to watch before you begin or after but it was a nice introduction...More

1  Thank Lesley G
Reviewed 3 days ago

I read about the Tenement Museum in a “must see” article about NYC. Anybody I talked to had never heard of it. But, I’m spreading the word. We took the “Hard Times” tour. Having been an educator for 38years, I appreciated that this is a...More

1  Thank Alice L
Reviewed 4 days ago

Like a prior reviewer, we had done the Hard Times tour years earlier and this time tried the Sweatshop tour. Both are very worthwhile, and it probably does not matter which tour you take. There's a single tenement building, with each floor representing a different...More

1  Thank JK4321
Reviewed 5 days ago

Given the arctic weather of the day, we decided to do the indoor “Under One Roof” tour, on our second visit to the Tenement Museum. It was an excellent choice and a wonderful experience. Our first visit was a wonderfully informative walk that ended at...More

1  Thank FJGonzalezG
Reviewed 1 week ago

Return visit this year - and took a different tour (sweatshop last year and Hard Times this year). We had a wonderful guide and I again learned so much about immigration. Don't miss.

1  Thank momof2girlsArkansas
Reviewed 1 week ago

Visited last weekend and went on the Victoria Confino Tour. Our ‘educator’ was very good, personable and informative. We had a short background talk about the general history of immigration to the US before entering the apartment. There was an actress there playing the role...More

1  Thank Georgina R
Reviewed 1 week ago

My mother and I took the "under one roof" tour, which was great. 90 min of storytelling, 3 families come to life in one apartment. this is an excellent tour if you're in to this way of looking at history. a very diverse tour, which...More

Thank Lior E
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
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10 October 2017|
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Response from Bruce P | Reviewed this property |
Our tour concentrated on some Irish immigrants but German immigrants were mentioned because the Irish were a minority among the Germans. Which tells me there will be a lot about the German immigrants
Gemma S
29 August 2017|
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Response from Bruce P | Reviewed this property |
I think every day but yes they have a website
7 August 2017|
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Response from goingaway2017 | Reviewed this property |
I would call the gift shop and ask them your question. I'm not aware of a tour that does not require at least a few stairs. Also, my tour (Hard Times) did not have seating for all attendees.