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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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Tenement Museum reviews
Easily the worst Museum experience ever. We did the 1902 experience. It was $60 for 2 people. First, I expected to see 97 Orchard, bought tickets for that, then learned it was closed, and was...
Easily the worst Museum experience ever. We did the 1902 experience. It was $60 for 2 people. First, I expected to see 97 Orchard, bought tickets for that, then learned it was closed, and was... more »
Save your money. We did the 100 years apart tour. We spent quite a bit of time standing in a hallway while the guide talked. Then visited two different “apartments “ which were actual recreations and.... more
Save your money. We did the 100 years apart tour. We spent quite a bit of time standing in a hallway while the guide talked. Then visited two different “apartments “ which were actual recreations and.... more »
Had wanted to know more about what life was like living in a tenement building. Perhaps I selected the wrong tour (there are about 5 different tour types to select from) as my tour was an historical..... more
Had wanted to know more about what life was like living in a tenement building. Perhaps I selected the wrong tour (there are about 5 different tour types to select from) as my tour was an historical..... more »
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!
We visited the tenement museum on a Sunday afternoon and it had been recommended by friends. I have to say I was expecting a bit more. We did the 100 years apart tour and whilst the tour guide/educator was excellent and knowledgeable. The actual tenement was underwhelming. We visited 2 tenements, the first tenement was a recreation of another a few buildings down which was a little disappointing. I thought the whole point of it was that it was the exact same tenement. The background of the Prussian family from the educator was interesting. The second tenement was one of which a chinese family had lived in the 70’s. Less interesting for me but perhaps I’m more interested in the early NYC immigrants. Maybe it was the tour or perhaps the lack of rooms we saw but it didn’t really live up to the recommendation.
I did the 100 Years Apart tour about Mrs. Wang from China and Natalie from Prussia. The tour guide was kind and knowledgeable and really brought the history to life; I think I could have listened to them for hours. The apartment, factory, and props/materials handed around were really neat. It was $30 and I was able to make a reservation the day of the tour, although I would recommend doing that earlier if you need more time options. There’s stairs and an elevator to access some, but not all, of their tours. There’s lockers and gendered restrooms with multiple stalls on the lower level. There’s a gift shop with excellent book, art, and gift options. I’m so excited to read the book that I got!
I cannot say enough good things about this place! The reconstructed spaces and knowledgeable and passionate staff really brought history to life in a unique and tangible way. I loved it so much that I returned for the second tour. I hope other places in the world use this as a model. What a treasure!
We really enjoyed our tour of the tenement museum. Our tour guide was personable and informative. The setup also included an immersive portion that seamlessly blended new technology with the environment.
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