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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. 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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  • This seemed like a cynical money-making opportunity. We paid £30 each to see two rooms (the rooms representing a mock up of how an apartment might have looked). Even had we seen the third room... 
    This seemed like a cynical money-making opportunity. We paid £30 each to see two rooms (the rooms representing a mock up of how an apartment might have looked). Even had we seen the third room...  more »
  • Total rip off! Total waste of time and $$$. Visited on September 6, 2022. This was the most disappointing museum tour ever. Took the 100 years of working women tour. For $30. You will visit 3 rooms... 
    Total rip off! Total waste of time and $$$. Visited on September 6, 2022. This was the most disappointing museum tour ever. Took the 100 years of working women tour. For $30. You will visit 3 rooms...  more »
  • This was a big disappointment. It cost us $60.00 for two. We went up stairs and stood in a tiny crowded recreation apartment with too many people and stood in it looking at not much for the longest... 
    This was a big disappointment. It cost us $60.00 for two. We went up stairs and stood in a tiny crowded recreation apartment with too many people and stood in it looking at not much for the longest...  more »
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  • Extremely interesting museum. Tour was fascinating and going through the old tenement building dynamite. Very good bookstore and the movie that runs on a loop was very interesting. Would’ve given five stars except the staff working there were kind of snippety and they didn’t allow any photographs in the tenement building tour. Why? I have no idea!
  • Amazing place to visit, the did a great job, a lot story of History. I highly recommend if you interested about the immigrants history, especially Italian Immigrants.
  • We went on one of the six or so tours offered by the Tenement Museum. After about 5 minutes of the tour, I was ready to leave. Soooooo boring. The guide was not all that engaging but she was dealing with boring content. I am not sure Chris Rock could have made the tour interesting. Do not waste your money on tours at this museum. They should just convert the old tenements to renovated apartments that could be rented out. Huge waste of time and money. Maybe the other tours are more interesting…. We will never know.
  • Well worth doing along with visiting Ellis island for the immigrant history experience. I did the Hard Times 1880’s tour about two German families since my ancestors came from Germany in the 1800’s. The guide Kyle was excellent. Tour is about one hour and seating is provided during the times the guide gives his talks. You have to walk up and down narrow stairs if that matters. Bathrooms and a nice gift shop in the visitors center. I recommend buying tickets in advance as many time slots were fully booked when I checked in. Need to show ID and vaccination card (or photo of it) in order to go inside the museum at the moment.
  • We came here in July 2022 for a tour, and it was amazing. Our tour guide was great, forget her name, but she's originally from Texas. She was very informative and engaging with everyone in the tour. I expected the building to be hot, but to our surprise, they retrofitted it with air conditioning so it was very comfortable. We did the "Finding Home" tour which was like 1940's into the 60's apartment tour and history of the families that lived in it. Learned a lot that day. Highly recommend doing a tour or two while in NYC. They also have a fantastic gift shop at the Tenement Museum. Attached a photo of a cool old school map of NYC that I was searching for and found a beauty one there. Can't wait to get that framed up. Highhly recommend visiting here when in NYC. 5/5 Follow me for more reviews and travel tips.

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