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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  • Although a little over priced, my husband and I came out satisfied. We only got to go onto one floor but the guide was knowledgeable and interesting. The room that was recreated was interesting. Note:...  more »
  • I thought I knew a bit of history on NYC, but was pleasantly surprised to learn a few things I had not known previously. Their Historians do a great job describing the lives of the people who first po...  more »
  • An absolute go to when visitors are in town, one of the cities best museums. Was born in NYC and lived here all my life and learn something every time too! All of the tours are wonderful. Plan ahead a...  more »
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  • Super cute place. If you like to see how people used to live. I went on a class trip with my daughter so we didn't see every room. Not sure how that works if your not with a class. Tour guide was super helpful with explaining and answering questions. She seemed very passionate and loved her job. Theres also a gift shop downstairs on the corner if interested in picking something up. Very interesting place and I would like to go back to see more
  • What an amazing museum! It’s an old apartment building where immigrants from many different nationalities used to live that was transformed in a museum. In order to visit the building, you must purchase one of their guided tours. The tours are super intimate in groups of around 10 people, and they last at least one hour. I loved hearing more about NYC’s immigration stories and I plan to visit again to go on one of their walking tours.
  • Should be a must visit for anyone interested in our history. Better than I expected, and so moving to be in the very places where immigrants lived & worked. Standing in the various rooms of their humble apartments, you can feel their lives in a way which cannot otherwise be conveyed. Great tour, and a very nice little shop on the ground floor with a number of books & items related to the immigrant story. Go see where many of your ancestors began their American experience!
  • This museum is a gem! The history behind the museum, the richness of storytelling, and the respect they show to the tenements is inspiring. We have been twice, taken our daughter both times. Even at 9, she was very impressed by the struggles of Americans living in the Lower East Side. Everyone should go!
  • Go back in time and see what it would have been like to live in New York City at different points in history through the stories of ordinary folks(immigrants) trying to provide for their families and make it here. I found their stories fascinating. I loved being in the restored atmosphere of the building. Imagining life for the people is humbling and inspiring. I've done two different tours here. One started in the basement/tavern and I think it was a couple hours long? The other was only an hour long and started upstairs and focussed on the lives of two different families. Really enjoyed both. This museum is in need of a way to incorporate a mobile app that contains details and facts that go along with the tours. I loved learning these details but they are relegated to laminated pages that we passed around the group to look at. As a result, you miss some of the story the tour guide is telling. I'm sure someday this experience will include a mobile app of some kind. Maybe even AR, but don't wait until then. This is a fantastic unique museum experience here in the city. A fun walk back in time and the tour guides are great and knowledgeable.

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