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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  • 99rainraingoaway
    Glasgow, United Kingdom85 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Interesting
    The information given by the docent was very interesting about two families who lived there 100 years apart with reference to census data and recordings of the inhabitants. The digital displays were good. What for me was a little disappointing was not seeing more of the living conditions. We saw a 70s bed in a room and some 19th century furniture in a revised location due to building works. I’m more familiar with the Tenement House in Glasgow which has a 4 room tenement apartment set up much as it was when one family lived there from 1911 to 1965 which you can wander round at your leisure.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written June 6, 2023
  • 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, Indiana748 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
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Laurie S
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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
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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
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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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Peter L
Jerusalem, Israel108 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
Situated in the Lower East Side, the Tenement Museum offers guided walking tours, showing the history of different waves of immigration, by showing specific families and how and where they lived. Very interesting!
Written May 15, 2024
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MNTravelers5154
80 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
We intended to visit the Tenement Museum on a visit to NYC in 2021 and ran out of time. In the interim between that trip and this trip, we had a chance to visit the Tenement Museum virtually and participate in a couple of virtual lectures and video tours. Those experiences bumped the Tenement Museum to the top of our "must see" list for this trip and we were not disappointed. My husband and I decided that if we were going to go on two tours, at $30 per person per tour, we might as well get a membership. That was the best idea yet! We went to the TM on a Friday and spent the whole day there, going on three tours. Those tours were so well done that we decided to return the next day and go on three more tours. Shout outs go to Sara, Ashley, Isaiah, Daryl, Brian and Weixi, the educators who each led one of the six tours. They were interesting and well-versed in the history (as much as is known) of the families whose apartments we visited. Through the educators and also the efforts of those who have painstakingly staged the apartments (both restored and unrestored), we were able to get a sense of what life might have been like in the tenements of the Lower East Side. There is an interesting 26-minute video that provides an overview of the tenements; you can watch it before or after your tour or, between tours. The gift shop has an amazing variety of books on the subjects of immigration, history of NYC, experiences of various ethnic/racial groups, cultural characteristics, cookbooks, books for younger readers, etc. that allow a visitor to continue their education after visiting the museum. Though we spent two full days at the museum, we know that we will be back when we visit NYC again, as there are a couple of tours that we were not able to fit in!
Written May 13, 2024
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Caroline S
East Sussex, UK129 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Friends
After visiting all the Glam places of New York, this was the other side, the gritty history. Authentically restored building covering the stories of families that lived in the area , their struggles and hardships, very authentic and captivating , the guides really bring the back stories of these families to life. Each tour tells the story of a different family Irish immigrants/german settlers/first generation freed slaves. This isn’t obvious when you’re booking so take time to work out what story you want to see before you book. Each tour is one hour $30
Written May 13, 2024
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Samuel C
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
Unfortunately the ticketing staff was extremely rude and smirked at our concerns when we pointed out a mistake in our tickets. Mistakes happen but the disrespect we were subjected to was uncalled for.
Written May 12, 2024
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BuffyLou
Beverly Hills, MI160 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Friends
We love this place. My friend was not up for a tour, so we just watched the free movie, which is very enlightening. I have been here before and I can vouch for the tours - they are excellent. The gift shop has a wide variety of items of interest to any and everyone. This museum is a must-see when you are in NYC.
Written May 11, 2024
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Gaylene D
SeaTac, WA72 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
The most difficult part of our visit was trying to decide which tour we should book when all of them sounded interesting. We landed on Under One Roof and it didn't disappoint. The Museum is amazing and a great way to see some history of New York still standing.
Written May 5, 2024
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David B
Brooklyn, NY1,484 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
Being a native NY’er for all my life, my wife and I took our 9 yr daughter to experience what it was like to live back in the mid to late 19th century.

Sophie our guide was very knowledgeable about the history and people who lived there.
Written May 5, 2024
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