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“Brings History Alive”
Review of Tenement Museum

Tenement Museum
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US$ 37.50*
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East Village Walking Tour with Food Tasting
Ranked #58 of 1,153 things to do in New York City
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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.
Reviewed 10 March 2012

This museum is offers a fascinating, visceral history lesson on the plight of immigrants.If you care at all about NYC history, your own family history, or immigration, take time to see this museum.My husband and I visited on a Friday in March and took the 1:30 p.m. "Hard Times" tour, lasted about an hour. The guide Laura was animated and made the tour seem fresh, not perfunctory.The only downside was the amount of people on the tour--too many to make the experience truly awesome. So, I'd suggest you take a tour early in the day, not mid-day when the crowds might be a bit less. The brief film also was worth the time as it put the immigrant experience in perspective. We caught a photo exhibit at the center, too, which was quite well done, but I think that's a changing exhibit. The gift shop couldn't be better--filled with must-have books about NYC today and, of course, history. We strolled the neighborhood afterwards, snapping photos of the architecture and enjoyed a decent Mexican meal at Cafe Mezcal, luncheon special Noon to 4 p.m. Go, enjoy!

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Reviewed 10 March 2012

Tenement Museum is a fascinating place to spend some time. Virtually ALL of us are originally from SOMEWHERE ELSE, so this museum is of compelling personal interest to all, to glimpse the life and times of our forebears in their struggle and triumph in their new land. The past bursts alive for visitors to this Museum and is a visceral experience. Go yourself, then bring your out-of-town visitors !

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Reviewed 9 March 2012

We had the tour, followed up by an interactive talk with the leader and the other visitors re attitudes to immigration which was as valuable as the house visit itself

Thank ProspectGeoff
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Reviewed 8 March 2012

This is a fantastic opportunity to see the living arrangements that immigrants experienced during the turn of the century. Great tour guides, very informative. You must be able to climb stairs.

Thank Janeen R
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Reviewed 8 March 2012

Stories from when the Lower East Side was one of thee most crowded neighborhoods in the world...living in tiny apts...not too much different than today's NYC apts, tiny. Back then they had the bath tub in the middle of the kitchen. Great videos, tour, and bookstore.

Thank LSJNewYork
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