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. To visit Tenement Museum and get the most from your holiday in New York City, create itinerary details personal to you using our New York City travel route planning tool .
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  • Did "Under One Roof" apartment tour and walking tour of lower east side. Enjoyed both tours. The tours really help to understand the immigrant spirit and history. Interesting and educational, suitable...  more »
  • My wife and I each had grandmothers born in Ireland. They came to America and were proud citizens. Their hopes were largely focused on their children and grandchildren. The tour "Irish Outsiders" was ...  more »
  • We visited after a friend recommended (she has been there twice) & so glad we did. Our guide was terrific, I apologize for not recalling her name. We could definitely tell she was excited to share the...  more »
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  • I had a chance to visit the Tenement Museum on a nice Sunday afternoon for the 'Shop Life' tour with Marina and the 'Building on the Lower East Side' with Nick. They were both fantastic guides who really knew their stuff. Both tours had a great narrative and told a wonderful story of the past, the present, and the future of these sites. The 'Shop Life' tour was about 80 minutes and inside the building while the 'Building on the Lower East Side' was two hours. Big shout out to Marina for painting a wonderful picture of this historic tavern owner and to Nick for bringing the buildings of the Lower East Side to life. Thanks!
  • Did two tours today, both tour guides were informative and able to answer any questions that came up from their audience. The units we toured were able to capture the essence of being there and the preservation of the units is top-notch. It was obvious that even the "restored' rooms were only restored to the extent of some simple dusting and keeping plaster in place. The accuracy of the periods represented was also spot-on, worth the price of the ticket. Also, the book store/gift shop had some great books for the curious mind and unique quality trinkets.
  • We did the Irish tour and the Hard Times tour. Both were so informative and interesting , and what an experience to enter the actual tenements and see their original condition when found in 1988, as well as the portions made to look like the family’s home in their respective time periods. I think the museum does a phenomenal job of allowing visitors to experience the life and stories of these immigrants, which also naturally leads visitors to hone in on the experience of their own families.
  • This was one of the coolest experiences I’ve ever had in NYC. It will change the way you look at the city the entire rest of your trip. Very interactive and educational in a fun way. There were kids on our tour and they seemed to enjoy it as much as the adults.
  • The world would be well served by more places like this. I think history is such an important and under-appreciated part of education. The Irish Outsider tour was great. I definitely want to come back someday for the sweatshop workers tour.
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