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Tenement Museum, New York City

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4.5/5 based on 4,400+ reviews on the web
To see America through the eyes of an immigrant living in New York about a century ago, visit Tenement Museum, a five-story brick building that once served as home to nearly 7,000 people from over 20 different nations. The museum promotes tolerance and provides a historical perspective on the immigrant experience, featuring exhibits built to depict the lives of those who lived here between 1869 and 1935. You can take a tour of the former tenement any day of the week, but to place the lives of immigrants in the broader context of the city's history, consider taking a walking tour of the entire neighborhood. Check online for availability, and take advantage of considerable savings by booking a combination tenement-neighborhood tour. Make Tenement Museum a centerpiece of your New York City vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our New York City itinerary builder.
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  • This is a fun way to learn. The guides take you through and you learn all about a hoe families lived back then. 
  • A friend had recommended the Tenement Museum after they visited and took their 9 and 11 year old daughters to the tour featuring the character "Victoria Confino." That particular tour wasn't available...  read more »
  • Such an awesome way to present American migration and New York history. An absolute must actually. You can only go on different tours. We took the Shop tour which took us through the lifes and narrati...  read more »
  • Cannot say enough good things about this experience! My husband and I were in NYC for few days and decided to check out this museum. Last Friday we did the Irish Outsiders tour with Dolan as our guide. He was wonderful and answered so many questions. We then did the Hard Times tour with Ryan as our guide. Very good as well. Later on we did the Shop Life tour with Grace. We loved it. Think it was best to do the Shop Life tour after one of the tours we did prior bc we saw the tenement apartments, heard the stories. You will not be disappointed.
  • Interesting tour - the building and artifacts were good, but what really made this great was the tour guide. She knew the history deeply, and presented it really well with lots of interaction with the group. I'll go again next time I'm in New York, and do another one of their tours. The museum shop also had some great stuff we didn't see anywhere else.
  • I've been on three different tours here and I've never been disappointed. This museum is my favorite in the city. The immersive experience takes you back in time and gives you a real feel of life in NYC in a different era. It brings real people back to life and let's you stand next to then for an hour! This is a truly special place.
  • This was the absolute coolest museum. We did the Sweatshop tour. And you actually walk through these old (hardly) touched up apts. from the eighteen and nighteen hundreds. With alot of the peoples stuff still there!!! I have been to bug loads of times and I am upset I had never been here, I want to do all of the different tours now
  • Definitelly a great experience. We took a walking tour around the neighborhood and one tour of the museum and both exceeded our expectations. Educators are really knowledgable and the interactive approach is very refreshing compared to the classic museums
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