Tenement Museum, New York City
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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We took the Irish Immigrants tour & it was one of the highlights of our trip to New York. One can only imagine the hardships our immigrant ancestors had to endure when they began their new lives in th... more »
We took the Shop Life Tour with Elizabeth and it was great. Extremely informative and it takes a different angle on history (telling the stories of every day people, rather than famous ones). The abil... more »
I had a chance to visit the Tenement Museum on a nice Sunday afternoon for the 'Shop Life' tour with Marina and the 'Building on the Lower East Side' with Nick. They were both fantastic guides who really knew their stuff. Both tours had a great narrative and told a wonderful story of the past, the present, and the future of these sites. The 'Shop Life' tour was about 80 minutes and inside the building while the 'Building on the Lower East Side' was two hours. Big shout out to Marina for painting a wonderful picture of this historic tavern owner and to Nick for bringing the buildings of the Lower East Side to life. Thanks!
Did two tours today, both tour guides were informative and able to answer any questions that came up from their audience. The units we toured were able to capture the essence of being there and the preservation of the units is top-notch. It was obvious that even the "restored' rooms were only restored to the extent of some simple dusting and keeping plaster in place. The accuracy of the periods represented was also spot-on, worth the price of the ticket. Also, the book store/gift shop had some great books for the curious mind and unique quality trinkets.
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