Museum at Eldridge Street
Museum at Eldridge Street
4.5
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
Historic 135 year old synagogue in the Lower East Side. $15 adults, $10 students/seniors, $8 children. Mondays & Fridays are Pay As You Wish.
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The area
Address
Neighborhood: Downtown Manhattan (Downtown)
How to get there
  • East Broadway • 4 min walk
  • Grand St • 5 min walk
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  • Beth P
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Round out your NYC sightseeing and history with a visit and tour!!
    A stunning landmark of NYC and Jewish history. Highly recommend. Our tour guide Susan was remarkable in her knowledge and openness to questions and remarks from all ages in our large tour group. I plan to take advantage of the synagogue's other cultural events as well.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written May 23, 2023
  • citygirl00110024
    New York City, New York101 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Do Not Overlook this Beautifully Restored Jewish Synagogue - take advantage of the Docent Tours (no additional charge)
    The Museum at Eldridge Street is a little known gem on the edge of the Lower East Side near China Town and close to the base of the Manhattan Bridge. Docent led tours are available at no additional charge with admission at 11am and 2pm. I cannot recommend more to take advantage of the docent led tours - especially if they are all as knowledgeable as our Docent, Lois. She had an incredible amount of knowledge on Jewish history in the neighborhood and the church along with the effort to preserve this historic building to allow us to enjoy it today. She kindly answered all of our questions about Judaism (as a Southern transplant to NYC with almost no knowledge) as well as sharing relevant personal anecdotes that I think always makes a tour more enjoyable and interesting. She was so cute when she had us wait in the stairwell for a moment while she closed the door to the sanctuary to allow her to provide a "big reveal" with the sanctuary beautifully lit with original lighting fixtures and beautiful stained glass. If you have had a long day of site seeing, there are many opportunities to sit and listen to the tour to allow your weary feet to rest a bit. I have lived in NYC for 22 years and am embarrassed to say I have never heard of this museum. We found it on the NYC Culture Pass through the NYPL and decided to check it out. I am so glad that had an opportunity to see this beautifully restored building and learn more about the Jewish Culture.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written July 28, 2023
  • Stephie4821
    Brooklyn, New York277 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Cultural Experience
    This is a true hidden gem. My best friend and I took the tour of the museum and it was wonderful. Susan our tour guide was very knowledgeable about the Jewish culture of NY. This was a real history lesson and a true cultural experience. The beauty of the synagogue was truly stunning. To see how it was left to deteriorate to be brought to its original splendor is amazing. I highly recommend a visit and tour.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written September 5, 2023
  • Oliver S
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Must-Visit for Every New Yorker
    Beautiful building, beautiful afternoon. The guide was informative but the whole experience was low-key. After we sat in the sanctuary and chatted, and the staff were happy to let us linger. It's less a museum than an aesthetic and historical experience.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written November 20, 2023
  • JLaP
    15 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent LES walking tour
    Eldridge Eats Food Tour- a history of the Lower East Side- was excellent. The guide was terrific, knows the area and its history inside and out, and presented the info in an engaging and easy to follow way. A knish, dumplings, ruggelah and pickle opportunity from LES favorites enhanced the experience. I’ve been raving about this ever since. I even went back to the area the next day on my own to revisit some of the stops.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written November 21, 2023
  • mark
    Chappaqua, New York5 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A wonderful hidden gem. Not to be missed.
    The building is magnificent. From the outside you would not believe the beauty and history inside. The tour guide was informative and amusing. The hour went by really quickly. The museum lets you see the true history of the lower east side .
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written December 4, 2023
  • Jack
    Old Bethpage, New York2,192 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Stunning! Amazing Museum and Synagogue!
    The synagogue was stunning! The Museum at Eldridge Street is a Jewish synagogue/temple which turned into a museum. It is the most beautiful synagogue I have seen inside and out. The prices are expensive though. Under 5 is free, $8 for children 5-17, $10 for seniors and $15 for adults. It’s very worth it and I highly recommend!
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written January 2, 2024
  • Jennifer R
    Pleasant Hill, California10 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Hidden gem!
    This is a beautiful synagogue and museum with fascinating history behind it. I did the docent-led tour with my husband and 12 year old son recently during our visit to NYC. The docent was knowledgeable, friendly, and provided a wealth of historical information about the synagogue's history. It was a great value, too! This was a great complement to the Tenement Museum, also located in the Lower East Side. Highly recommend!
    Visited December 2023
    Written January 4, 2024
  • Adin H
    Brooklyn, New York33 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A must-see hidden gem
    The Museum at Eldridge Street is a must-visit! It's a gorgeous, awe-inspiring space with a rich history. The guided tour is definitely worthwhile (loved my tour led by Rachel!), as the details shared by the docent truly bring the space to life and add so much depth and dimension. The current "28 REMARKABLE WOMEN... AND ONE SCOUNDREL" exhibit is also fun, and educational. A great place to vist for NYC locals and visitors alike!
    Visited February 2024
    Traveled solo
    Written February 5, 2024
  • Amy M
    New York City, New York17 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Hidden Gem That Everyone Needs To See!
    I have lived in NYC for over 15 years but I never knew the the Museum at Eldridge existed until recently. WOW. I went in time for a docent led tour with Susan. Susan is AMAZING. Her breath of knowledge is incredible and she was so kind and encouraged lots of questions. 5 stars! 10 Stars! All the Stars! Do you want to see a unique architectural wonder? Do you want to hear unique and essential historical information about the Lower East Side (which is key element of the history of NYC) go see this incredible beautiful place.
    Visited February 2024
    Traveled solo
    Written February 29, 2024
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SeaSiren44
London, UK44 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
Amazing place & tour. It’s a shame more people don’t know about it. You can do it self-guided or join a docent led tour & ours was very knowledgeable. It’s not been commercialised like everything else in NYC so you can leave what you want by way of donation to keep these tours free & keep it maintained meaning suitable for all budgets.
Written April 25, 2024
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TheParisienne
Paris, France218 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Solo
Such a beautiful place ! A hidden gem you should absolutely visit ! Quiet and peaceful, it is a great idea for those who want to discover secret unknown museums
Written April 1, 2024
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DeliciousNewYork
New York City, NY42 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
Go on a sunny day and start your tour on the woman’s balcony. The light through the stained glass windows is magical. Especially the Kiki Smith window.
Written March 19, 2024
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SunnyDays
Philadelphia, PA150 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Interesting small museum. Excellent tour by Susan. Highly recommend taking the time if you are interested in NYC social and immigrant history and culture. Paris well with Tenement museum tour. Small museums are gems!!
Written March 18, 2024
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deborahk76
Scotch Plains, NJ6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Solo
I attended an online course on Frida Khalo so I didn’t go to the museum. That said, the talk was genuinely informative and interesting and I learned a great deal about this wonderfully talented artist’s life, and her many ties to the Jewish community. I plan on visiting this museum and taking more online classes due to the sheer convenience.
Written March 13, 2024
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AngelaNYC2009
Toronto, Canada19 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Friends
The docent-led tour was great. Phyllis was very passionate and knowledgeable, and I learned a lot about the history of the synagogue and the Jewish culture.
Written March 5, 2024
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Amy M
New York City, NY17 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Solo
I have lived in NYC for over 15 years but I never knew the the Museum at Eldridge existed until recently. WOW. I went in time for a docent led tour with Susan. Susan is AMAZING. Her breath of knowledge is incredible and she was so kind and encouraged lots of questions. 5 stars! 10 Stars! All the Stars! Do you want to see a unique architectural wonder? Do you want to hear unique and essential historical information about the Lower East Side (which is key element of the history of NYC) go see this incredible beautiful place.
Written February 29, 2024
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Adin H
Brooklyn, NY33 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Solo
The Museum at Eldridge Street is a must-visit! It's a gorgeous, awe-inspiring space with a rich history. The guided tour is definitely worthwhile (loved my tour led by Rachel!), as the details shared by the docent truly bring the space to life and add so much depth and dimension. The current "28 REMARKABLE WOMEN...
AND ONE SCOUNDREL" exhibit is also fun, and educational. A great place to vist for NYC locals and visitors alike!
Written February 5, 2024
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Marjory A
Stamford, CT6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Family
This museum was such a precious find! We were planning to eat at a kosher vegetarian Chinese restaurant in the neighborhood, and I looked at the map to see what sites were in the neighborhood that we could create a fun family outing. The docent-led tour was about an hour -- she was terrific -- and we had about half an hour beforehand to explore the current exhibit (28 Remarkable Women and One Scoundrel) that was so interesting and other materials on display about the renovation. The main sanctuary is so lovely, especially the stained glass. It was the right amount of time to spend in a museum (ie short enough that there was no "museumitis.") We loved learning the history of the building and its community and felt very connected as our families came from Eastern Europe. Everyone working at the museum was also very nice, and we discovered -- and purchased -- a number of interesting books.
Written January 11, 2024
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Jennifer R
Pleasant Hill, CA10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023
This is a beautiful synagogue and museum with fascinating history behind it. I did the docent-led tour with my husband and 12 year old son recently during our visit to NYC. The docent was knowledgeable, friendly, and provided a wealth of historical information about the synagogue's history. It was a great value, too! This was a great complement to the Tenement Museum, also located in the Lower East Side. Highly recommend!
Written January 4, 2024
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