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Tenement Museum, New York City

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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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  • I found this museum to be totally enjoyable. It's not a long tour or very much information to absorb, but I find the subject matter to be enthralling. 
  • This is a very important place to visit to learn about how our immigrant grandparents lived and how they struggled. It gives a view of how many ethnic groups came to NY, worked hard and moved through ...  more »
  • We took the Tenement Museum Sweat Shop tour. Our tour guide Alexandra was wonderful. She knew the subject really well and gave great descriptions of the lives of the families who had inhabited the apa...  more »
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  • We did the 90 min shop life tour. Our guide was very smart and knowledgeable. This was different than other tours we've been on. We spent most of the time sitting and discussing the events, timing, culture and different aspects of the immigrated populations. We saw 4 restored rooms. I was hoping to see more of the building but I think their goal is to teach more in-depth understanding of the immigrants' life. The gift shop had really neat books and unique gifts.
  • This museum was one of the highlights of my NY trip! Try to do both the building tour and the Lower East Side walking tour to get the full experience. You should book in advance on their web site to make sure you'll get the tour you want as they can be sold out. This museum might be small in scale in comparison to more renowned NY giants, such as the MET, but it is truly unique and you will learn a lot about the fascinating history of the LES in an interactive and an innovative way. Their staff is fantastic and they fully deserve the title they use - "educators". This museum also has a very good shop with a great book selection in case you want to get some souvenirs.
  • Excellent museum. We did the sweatshop tour, lasted about an hour, our tour guide, Laura, was excellent! She was an amazing story teller and knew how to make you feel like you were an immigrant living in one of the apartment. Also a very emotionally heavy tour and definitely powerful to view NYC through the eyes of a sweatshop worker around the turn of the century. If you have a day in NYC definitely make the trip down to the lower east side to check out the Tenement Museum, you will not be disappointed.
  • One of the city's finest historic and cultural institutions. We're so lucky to have them. The tours through the tenements and even the surrounding neighborhood are excellent. Do yourself a favor and check them out.
  • If you are interested in the American European immigrant story this the place for you. This museum offers multiple tours that help capture various aspects of an immigrant's life in New York between the 1860's and early 1900's. You can visit actual apartments and the tours are guided by very knowledgeable educators. The tours are not cheap, but worth every penny. Definitely a museum worth checking out.