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“Great museum - sweatshop tour”
Review of Tenement Museum

Tenement Museum
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East Village Walking Tour with Food Tasting
Ranked #63 of 1,196 things to do in New York City
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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.
Reviewed 4 April 2018 via mobile

This is a great little museum in the Lower East Side, recounting the lives and stories of turn of the century New York immigrants through visiting their old, preserved dwellings.
You need to book yourself on one of their tours (it's not a walk-around museum) with a number of themes to choose from. Be aware that tours do book out so I recommend booking a couple of days ahead to avoid disappointment.
We chose the sweatshop tour, which told the story of two Jewish families in the garment trade.
The guide took us to their two old apartments - it really felt like going back into time seeing all the preserved features.
The guide was good, he projected well and kept the tour interactive. Your was also of a good length - an hour or so.
The museum has a great shop too with a great selection of immigration based books.
Would definitely recommend - seeing the immigrants' homes really brought the old Lower East Side to life.

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Reviewed 3 April 2018 via mobile

I came here and did the sweat shop tour and I felt like I was part of the whole experience. Our tour guide was patient and took the time to answer all of our questions and I really appreciate the small groups. I felt like I got first hand knowledge of what times were like around the turn of the century (minus the smell). I will definitely be back!!

Thank Fischcmt
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Reviewed 3 April 2018

Really enjoyed our “Under one roof” Tour. So moving to hear the real life back stories of the people who actually lived there. Our tour guide was excellent

Thank Karen F
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Reviewed 3 April 2018 via mobile

I had long wanted to see this museum, as I had used the virtual tour in my classroom many times. We took the Sweatshop Tour. While the building itself was fascinating and the story of the families was interesting and personal, most of the time was spent simply standing in the apartments listening to the tour guide tell the story. Although she was knowledgeable and knew the details well, there was little reference to the items within the space itself. The building and rooms were in some ways used only for a concept of the tight quarters rather than using them completely within the context of the story or the explanation of the time. Essentially it was an hour or so of standstill talking. Felt like it could have been much more. Also important to note: there is no air conditioning and tour guide herself mentioned that summer months are extremely uncomfortable. Be mindful that the building is 15-20 degrees warmer than air temp. Good to consider if visiting when it's hot!

Thank Barbara M
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Reviewed 2 April 2018 via mobile

One of the best museums you will ever visit, especially if you have a migrant past. Entrance is only gained by guided tour and you best book in advance. The guides are knowledgeable and keep the pace up to give you as much information as possible. The preserved tenement building is a site to see. You will be impressed i' m sure.

Thank Larry S
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