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The Tenement Museum

Museums, History Lower East Side
4 out of 5 stars
4 out of 5 stars
(5user reviews)
Tenement Museum
Tenement Museum
 (Photograph: Michael Kirby)
Photograph: Michael KirbyTenement Museum
 (Photograph: Michael Kirby)
Photograph: Michael KirbyTenement Museum
Tenement Museum

Time Out says

4 out of 5 stars

This fascinating museum—actually a series of restored tenement apartments at 97 Orchard Street—is accessible only by guided tour. Tickets are sold at the visitors’ center at 108 Orchard Street; tours often sell out, so it’s wise to book ahead. Costumed "residents" give glimpses into the daily lives of immigrant clans that called the building home over the decades. “Getting By” visits the Sicilian Baldizzi family residence in apartment No. 5 in the 1930s, while “Piecing It Together” pays a call on the Russian Rogarshevsky family, mourning the loss of patriarch Abraham, a garment worker who died of tuberculosis in 1918. “The Moores: An Irish Family in America,” revisits a Dublin family who lived in the building in 1869.

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Address: 103 Orchard St
New York

Cross street: between Broome and Delancey Sts
Transport: Subway: F to Delancey St; J, Z, M to Delancey–Essex Sts
Price: $25, seniors and students $20; reading events are free
Opening hours: Daily 10am–6pm, first tour 10:30am
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4 out of 5 stars

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It was such a wonderful experience.  We organized an extended family gathering of 40 people.  Everyone enjoyed it - young and old - from 6 years to 90 years old!

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FANTASTIC interactive and uniquely hands-on exhibit with knowledgeable docents that vividly paint a picture of an earlier time. Don't miss it.


Pros: The very convenient LES location, the amazing condition of the old tenement buildings, and plethora of information. Cons: our very very overly enthusiastic tour guide who kept going in and out of an irish accent. That being said I would definitely recommend this museum to any new Yorker or visitor! The video shown in the beginning really gave an interesting looking into the 'old old' New York and prejudices that existed during that time. 

I've been back here more than once and have gone on the "Irish Outsiders" tour and the "Shop Life" tour. Super educational but interesting and fun at the same time. The tours also involve technology within the historic tenement, on "Shop Life" you physically pick up items that represent a different era in time and place them on a sensor. You're then able to select different stories pertaining to the item. On Irish Outsiders I learned a ton about Irish culture and the immigrants that came to NYC. I want to go back for all the tours. The guides are also awesome and fun! They have you engaged the whole time and ask questions, show pictures etc. Not a boring tour where they just talk at you or anything.

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i'm in fith grade and i'm going over there for a field trip and when i saw all of the picture's it was boring i hate the whatever it's called muesuem!!!!!!!!!

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