Tenement Museum, New York City

4.5
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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  • My first point would be book in advance! We didn't have a reservation but were lucky enough to get the last 2 spaces on the Shop Life Tour. Kimberlee (apologies if the spelling is wrong!) our guide wa...  more »
  • After many visits to New York we finally made it to the Tenement museum. They offer several tours and we did the “Irish Outsiders “ tour. With my Irish heritage it was very informative to take a small...  more »
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  • This is a wonderful museum and a truly special and meaningful place. While there are numerous museums which preserve the life of the upper class, the Tenement Museum preserves and interprets this history of how average people lived. This museum tells the story of the immigrant experience through several real families. Numerous tours to choose from and stories to hear. I love the interpretation of the guides at the museum- the tours are very interactive, and the guides encourage participation and thinking. Each guide adds their own flavor. You can have a different experience every time you go. As a nation of immigrants, I think everyone can find part of their own story in this museum. A truly must see. An essential landmark of global cultural significance which is critical to understanding the New York- and American- experience. Understandably busy- book a tour online ahead of time rather than just showing up, because the tours sell out quickly. Also has a well stocked gift shop.
  • This is truly a labor of love. The tour was educational and fascinating the time just flew by. The care and they work they put towards this project is amazing and impressive. Definitely a museum worth more than one trip as each of the tours are very different and unique. The knowledge and passion of our tour guide was evident and appreciated

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