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Tenement Museum, New York City

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Specialty Museum · Hidden Gem · Museum
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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  • I almost didn’t stop here but I’m SOO happy I did. If you want to experience what life as an immigrant was like, you need to visit. They have done an amazing job restoring the building and you’ll...  more »
  • Super interesting, and super well crafted. Best tour I have done in NY in many years. Really deserve $30. Totally recommendable  more »
  • I found this museum on the National Park Service website, but I didn't realize it's not an actual NPS site. I asked if they had an NPS stamp because I didn't see one. They said yes, but it had...  more »
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  • Best museum in town! Very impressive to walk around in the “original” homes of the immigrant, migrant and refugee families. Guided tours only! Our guide was excellent! She was enthusiastic and willing to answer all our questions. Thanks to her we had a very interactive visit. She motivated us to share our personal stories with the group members.
  • Really fantastic museum. I took my parents because I am very interested in immigration history, but we were all amazed by how much it exceeded our expectations. This is definitely a place that brings history to life. I would put this as a top attraction to visit in New York, especially if you are looking for something beyond the usual tourist attractions. Definitely somewhere I'd like to go again.
  • Highly recommend Under One Roof tour for Asian American families especially. The multicultural tour includes interviews with the Wong family whose home is toured as well as interviews with different generations of Chinese Americans in the garment industry. This kind of historic preservation and material specific to the Chinese immigrant experience in mid century America is so rare to find in the US and offers an important perspective for third and fourth generation Asian Americans who do not know much about the original hardships of the older generations.
  • Great guided tours on offer here. Get some history and commentary about the neighborhood and immigration to this part of NYC. Of course a lot depends on the tour guide but in general it'll give you a good sense of the modern beginnings of this up and coming part of the city. Overall a good experience. Recommend the walking tours!
  • This was an amazing experience. Booking a tour is vital as you cannot see the museum without a guide, but the benefit of that is that you are lead from room to room in the tenement building by an extremely knowledgeable guide. There is a lot of lively history recounted and you are encouraged to ask questions - which often have fascinating answers. Absolutely a nyc hidden gem. The gift shop is brilliant too!

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