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The Tenement Museum

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Why locals love it

Interested in reliving history? The Tenement Museum uses a preserved tenement house to trace the rich history of the American people. Learn about the many generations of immigrants that passed through the neighborhoods of America’s original melting pot – New York City.

Why you should visit it

The museum allows visitors to gain a glimpse of the past through historical preservation, story telling and advanced interactive technology. One of the museum's most intriguing draws is that all of the museum’s subjects once actually lived in the building, 97 Orchard Street, which was constructed in 1863.

Special tip

Each tour has a unique focus. The Hard Times tour, which discusses tenement life during America’s Great Depression, is just one on offer.

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Check out hours. Fascinating. Different floors give you insight into different parts of Lower East Side history. Very well done.
August 6, 2020
It tells the story of NYCs people very visually well
June 18, 2018
Piece of history of early immigration to the lower east side
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February 19, 2017
The only way to visit the Museum is to go on a guided tour. Book tickets in advance! Weekends tend to be very busy. Inquire about special costumed interpreter programs, a chance for you to meet an actor/actress portraying a Tenement resident c. 1900.
January 28, 2016

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