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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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Most interesting museum in New York

Unlike many museums, this place gives you a sense of how immigrants used to live. These are the people who built New York and the fabric of this vibrant city.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Unlike many museums, this place gives you a sense of how immigrants used to live. These are the people who built New York and the fabric of this vibrant city.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Pnothing much has changed re-booking recommended. I did the Hard Times tour which was very interesting. Seems to me that nothing much has changed in the way of the problems that immigrants face today - poor housing, over crowding etc. My only gripe is the way the tour guides are called "educators" which is a horrible term!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We tried last year to visit the Tenement Museum, but the tours were filled, so this year I booked online when I knew we were visiting our son in New York. We really enjoyed our tour, which explained the life of a German family, and an Italian family. Our guide was very knowledgeable and animated. We plan on taking more... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

This museum was great. The tour is short, but worth every minute. You find out about the life of a family that lived in the building decades ago while seeing the actual apartment. The tour guides and knowledgeable and interactive. I can't wait to go back to tour another floor! Highly recommend!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

If you want to go to something out of the ordinary and very cool, then this is the museum for you. Take yourself back to the tenement times in NY and immerse yourself in the culture and the atmosphere. Something truly magical about the feel and nature of the place. Perfect for kids and adults. 10 out of 10.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Really enjoyed our tour, which compared the life of two Jewish immigrant families separated by about 20 years in time. Our guide did a great job, and learning the history of the building and the neighborhood was really fascinating. Altogether I highly recommend this attraction. My only reservation is that it was pretty expensive--about $25 a person if memory serves.

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

The Confino family just seems like an amazing family, what can I say? They have a lovely home and I am sure they were lovely people. Anyone who goes to the museum should take that tour.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

It's great to read "97 Orchard" by Jane Ziegelman beforehand, if you want a more in depth understanding. You get to pick the families/experience you want to view. It's all so thoughtfully prepared and restored.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We loved this museum. Tour actual apartments that were occupied by immigrants. All the tours are awesome.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We very much enjoyed the Tenement Museum and a look into the past. There was a problem with our registration (which turned out to be entirely my fault) and they were accommodating and professional. We liked how they tied the history to one family to bring the story alive.

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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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