Tenement Museum
Tenement Museum
4.5
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
About
The Tenement Museum preserves the history of immigration through the personal accounts of those who built lives in the Lower East Side. Visitors can view restored apartments from the 19th and 20th centuries, walk the historic neighborhood, and interact with residents to learn the stories of generations of immigrants who helped shape the American experience. The museum is available by guided tour only. Each tour focuses on a specific theme and takes visitors to different areas of our two historic tenement buildings or neighborhood.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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Neighborhood: Downtown Manhattan (Downtown)
How to get there
  • Delancey St • 2 min walk
  • Essex St • 3 min walk
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  • Linda C
    10 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    An Important part of American History
    I went to Tenement Museum with family. We went to the 1902 Tour of the Jewish family who started a butcher shop. The apartment was home to their little clothes factory. It was the tour that fit our time frame. Our guide really knew her history of this time period and was very interesting. Although we were told this family tour was not yet in the original building they had their belongings there and we saw the hardship and family life very well. I cant wait to go back and take a different families tour. We are not Jewish but this tour was very important to life in the US for newly arriving families.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 1, 2023
  • Amy B
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Don’t Miss the Tenement Museum
    My husband, cousin, and I took the “Exploring a Tenement: 1933” tour on our visit to NYC in July. The tour was 1 hour long and detailed the life of the Baldizzi family, who lived there in the 1930s. Our tour guide was wonderful and had a vast knowledge of the Baldizzi family, history of the time and place, and immigration policies of the time. She made the family’s story come alive and always kept the tour interesting. There are stairs to climb, as this is an older building. Chairs were available throughout the tour. The perfectly reconstructed apartment was small, but clean and bright. I highly recommend this tour, which you don’t have to be a history buff to enjoy. There are various tours to choose from, and next time I’m in NYC, I will go on another. We took the subway from the west side to get to Orchard Street. Easy to find.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written July 27, 2023
  • Sunshine563764
    Nantwich, United Kingdom14 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Good tour at the Tenement Museum
    We did the Finding Home tour, which was about a Jewish family and a Puerto Rican family. The tour guide was very informative and the furnishings in the tenement flat brought his stories to life. It was really interesting and I would recommend it.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written September 9, 2023
  • Sajoni
    Hastings, New Zealand44 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A SIX star experience
    We did a one hour tour of one of the apartments in the tenement building that has been restored and wished we had booked more. Had a really informative guide who made it all come alive. What a great way to learn about NYC history. And the bookshop is wonderful. I was only limited by my luggage space. This is a must for visitors to New York City
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 3, 2023
  • mjpc36
    Reno, Nevada41 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very informative
    On a girls trip we stopped here for the Women of 1902 tour. It was so interesting! We learned a lot and it was really neat to be in the apartment and see how they would live. They had to be so strong (emotionally, physically, etc…) and it was inspiring to see what people did to survive and thrive.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written October 30, 2023
  • MarkLA73
    Aberdeen, United Kingdom108 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fascinating tour of the life of a German family.
    We went on the Family Owned tour which told the story of early German settlers living in the tenement in the mid 1800s. Very interesting story and fascinating to see the living conditions. The house has a mock up of the saloon bar which the family ran during their stay. Well worth the visit.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written November 25, 2023
  • Crissy K
    Memphis, Indiana796 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great place to see history
    I love history and found this place very interesting. If I lived in the city I would buy some kind of annual pass and go back and listen to every story. We were in a bit of a time crunch and chose the tour that was next up. It was on a Jewish family and a family from Puerto Rico. The young man that led our tour ( I think David) was very knowledgeable. I loved the fact that they blended stories from the family into the tour. It made an impact. All the items from that period were great. If you like history I highly recommend.
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written November 30, 2023
  • Ed L
    Liverpool, United Kingdom24 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent and informative history of real people who lived in New York in 19th C
    Fascinating snapshot of the history of real people who lived in New York. We did the After the Famine tour. Our educator, Camilla, was so knowledgeable and helped make the story of the Irish family insightful and relatable. I would highly recommend a tenement museum tour for anyone visiting the city and interested in its history.
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written December 6, 2023
  • Jen
    Boston, Massachusetts7 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great experience!
    I took my niece to see the Under One Roof tour because it represented our heritage. Silas was an incredible tour guide and really emphasized the importance of telling personal stories to make history relevant. This was my second time to the museum and I tell everyone to go!
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written December 18, 2023
  • Raf Roggeman
    Asse, Belgium101 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    always interesting
    We followed the building on the lower east side tour. It was my second time on a Tenement Museum guided tour, and it is always interesting. The tour handled as well historical subjects as subjects from current times.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written December 25, 2023
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jehrler
Minnesota32 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
The most articulate and knowledgeable guide ever. Elaine was our guide during the "After the Famine" tour. She started with the root cause of the potato famine and subsequent immigration to the US. She illuminated the socioeconomic externalities that impacted the lives of these individuals by telling the story of one family and their life experience. It was an incredibly well-researched multi-level presentation that was informative and provocative. Thank you, Elaine.
Written June 6, 2024
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Ryan P
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Family
This un-traditional museum offers little in the way of formal exhibits and artifacts on display. The appeal rests largely in the museum’s unique guided apartment and neighborhood tours. I would recommend first-time visitors to opt for one of their apt. tours, as these let you see the re-created tenement living spaces of different immigrant families in the Lower East Side over the last 160 years. The guide for our tour (*Family Owned) was knowledgeable, friendly, and passionate about telling the story of past immigrant families and their myriad contributions to the history, character, and heritage of New York City. All tours must be booked in advance through the museum’s website, each one costing $30 per adult head. There also is a gift shop where one can purchase (overpriced) nick-knacks, clothing apparel, and books.
Written June 5, 2024
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Lisa M
7 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Family
Very disappointed in this tour. The museum knew very little of the tenets that they picked for one of the apartments. They chose to use the tour to teach about racism against Irish families instead. While not a terrible topic and something that should be addressed as should all racism, my issue was that they chose to do this in a museum that advertises that you will get to know the tenets and how they lived. I thought we would learn about the difference in foods and such, or the actual people who had lived the apartments. Their daily lives, what they did, etc. There are better tour companies that can teach what they were doing. The supervisor explained they allow staff to choose either politics, family life, and one other way to present the tour. So be warned you may have a tour guide who has an agenda and not really interested in the history of the building or the history of the neighborhood, or its tenets.
Written June 5, 2024
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RaleighFrench
Raleigh, NC265 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Friends
We did the "After the Famine" tour. It was very well done. The only complaint I have is that 10 minutes after the tour started, two people came in late. Then a few minutes later 4 more people came in. Then, almost a full 20 minutes after the tour had begun, 3 more people came in. They all claimed that the subway was at fault. We left our hotel early, took the subway, watched the 25 minute film about the tenements, and then walked the neighborhood for around 20 minutes before our tour began. The problem was, each time new people came to the tour, the guide retold the same info he had already told us. So we heard the same stuff 4 times! It was interesting, but not THAT interesting!
Written June 4, 2024
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expandyourhorizons10
Virginia64 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Friends
Disappointed by how little you see. We stood outside looking at old toilets while the guide passed around laminated website and archive printouts. Then we climbed 4 flights of stairs (ugh) to see only 2 rooms. Yes it was interesting. Yes it was realistic, but it was expensive to see the outside of a building and 2 rooms. You do have a live guide the entire time but some of us prefer to wander and self pace at museums.
The ticket counter and website should advise early arrival to watch the short movie in the tiny theater for an overview of the museum’s intentions and history. It was good.
The photos on the website are misleading because for any one given tour, you only see a fraction of that. It seems designed to have you come back 4-5 or more times (with 4-5 more tickets at approximately $30 each) to see all it offers.
Written June 3, 2024
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Emily T
Americus, GA13 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
This was a cool place! We did the Family Owned tour, and our guide was very knowledgeable. He was able to answer every question thrown at him. There is a short movie that you can see before or after your show, and they announce when your tour is beginning, so you don't have to worry about missing it while in the movie.
Written May 26, 2024
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MJL59
Colchester, CT32 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
The guide was excellent and told nice stories. But there isn’t really a lot to see, so the guide has to be good. There isn’t a lot to see because the people who lived there didn’t have a lot of material possessions. So it is good to see how the other half lived vs going to mansion after mansion for old home visits.
Written May 26, 2024
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Laurie S
3 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Friends
I am a Genealogist and enjoyed our visit with the Wong and Gumpertz Families. Jared was a great educator and guide. His enthusiasm and knowledge were great. The only negative comment I have is that it would be nice to see 3, possibly 4 units. Otherwise, it was excellent.
Written May 18, 2024
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mjwh
Denmark41 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
We went on the “After the Famine” tour as a family (two adults and a ten year old). We saw two three exhibits — the outdoor toilets, an unrestored apartment, and the restored apartment. Our tour guide, Darrell, was knowledgeable and engaging, and eagerly solicited questions from the group. We all left with a greater understanding of what our ancestors may have lived like. Highly recommended! Make sure to book your tickets in advance — they open about two months ahead on the website. The gift shop is great as well.
Written May 18, 2024
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Mildred P
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
My husband and I spent most of our week in NYC, visiting with our family from Utah.
Our visit began with a frustrating encounter with the visitor services staff. When we politely pointed out a mistake with our tickets, they responded with smirks and dismissive attitudes. After aggravation on our part, a helpful staff member (tall, glasses, white hair) intervened and resolved the issue. Frankly, it's baffling why a museum would employ individuals with blatant disregard for customer service and basic courtesy.

The only redeeming aspect of our visit was the museum's exceptional gift shop. It offered souvenirs, jewelry, books, and knick-knacks.

We booked the "Union of Hope" tour. Unfortunately, the experience was a major letdown. The guide, despite calling themselves an "educator," seemed uneducated and rude. The tour felt rushed, cramped, and passionless. The museum preys on emotion to attract visitors, particularly descendants of those exploited individuals.

Not suitable for anyone with mobility limitations as there is much stair climbing and standing.

While the gift shop offers a positive experience, the museum has a long way to go when it comes to customer service and accessibility.
Written May 16, 2024
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