Lower East Side Tenement Museum

Lower East Side Tenement Museum

History Museum
Lower East Side, New York
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  • Valentina V.
    Valentina VitolsNovember 20
    Wonderful experience at this very well-managed and curated museum. Staff was knowledgeable and kind. A must see when in NYC. Don’t miss it!
  • Andrew C.
    Andrew CasperOctober 11
    This museum is absolutely amazing... so many rotating exhibits/tours/events, you're bound to find an interesting and relevant one!!!
  • Luke M.
    Luke MayesSeptember 27
    We toured “the shops.” We both felt like the tour was twice as long as it should have been; like they stretched a 45 minute story into 1.5 hours. That said, the concept behind the place is awesome.
  • Hugh R.
    Hugh RobertsonSeptember 7
    Wonderful museum inside an old tenement building, telling the history of New York and the Lower East Side through the lives of migrant families 1865-1935. Great guides, incredible stories.
  • Mike S.
    Mike ShermanSeptember 5
    If it's your first time, start with a tour that goes inside the preserved tenement building.
  • Andras S.
    This is the best experience in Manhatten. Three of us got a lovely guider who show us some flats from the early 1900's, helped to discover their family life and struggle, get the immigrant lifestyle.
  • Denise H.
    Denise HAugust 28
    You need to do a tour to see inside so book in advance to get the time you want and the tour you're interested in.
  • Michelle
    MichelleAugust 7
    We did the building tour of LES and loved it!
  • Christine L.
    Hard Times tour 👍 Book online in advance since this seems to be the most popular one. I don't recommend this tour on a hot summer day though. No A/C. Just small fans circulating the hot air.
  • Jessica B.
    Went on the "hard times"-tour. It was very interesting and our tour guide, Tony, was excellent.
  • Charlotte S.
    One of the more unusual museum experiences in the city. I particularly like the neighborhood walking tour. Learnt so much about my adopted home!
  • Madeline S.
    Soooo cool but no photos allowed!
  • Marlon
    MarlonMarch 8
    Informative but pricey... it kind of reminds me of some of the apartments I grew up in NYC, lol. Pre-gentrification.
  • Amy C.
    Amy CummingsFebruary 12
    Great tour! We did the shop tour, but there are a handful of other options.
  • Jingjing Y.
    Jingjing YangJanuary 13
    A very good tour。to know history of orchard st and immigrates ~derserve the price ~
  • Chelsea S.
    Chelsea SamuelDecember 19, 2016
    Museum is open for tours only. Research and choose a family to follow through the building.
  • A Y.
    A YNovember 22, 2016
    It's was ok. $25 is a bit steep in my opinion.
  • M
    MNovember 7, 2016
    Tour guides make the tours really personal. They don't feel scripted at all.
  • Kenneth L.
    Kenneth LuNovember 3, 2016
    Adding new exhibits soon on immigrant experience
  • Kevin V.
    Kevin VOctober 28, 2016
    A must do! Start with the hard-times visit! Learned and experienced a ton in the renovated old house.
  • Ashley L.
    Ashley LaflinOctober 24, 2016
    I went on both the Shop Life and Irish Outsiders tour. Both were interactive and engaging. The guides were knowledgeable and helped the space come to life. Order tickets online as they often sell out!
  • Brighty
    BrightyOctober 15, 2016
    Highly recommend the Irish Outsiders tour
  • Brent C.
    Brent CaswellAugust 28, 2016
    Not a tourist trap. Just good old fashion history. Great for parents or grandparents visiting the city. Good for locals, tourists, and travelers.
  • Manuel P.
    Manuel PortelaJuly 31, 2016
    If you like to know the story of New Yorkers, you must visit this place. With nice books and tours
  • Erin R.
    Erin RathJune 28, 2016
    Tour guide was knowledgeable, thorough and enthusiastic. This is a must-see museum!
  • Yan P.
    Yan PJune 17, 2016
    Tours sell out often. Make a reservation.
  • Anthony D.
    Anthony DuranJune 16, 2016
    Pretty neat and interesting to see how of our families came through here upon becoming United States Citizens. Just remember where you came from.
  • Luc D.
    Luc DoanJune 10, 2016
    Cool gift shop/museum with a theater room. Come learn about LES
  • Marie D.
    Marie DworakMay 24, 2016
    Took the Moore's tour. It's an earlier time frame tour.
  • Christoph K.
    Christoph KMay 13, 2016
    I went on two tours and both were excellent: Lively, knowledgable tour guides, lots of interesting information, really glad I went along!
  • Elie H.
    Elie HirschfeldApril 21, 2016
    This museum is beautiful!
  • Rachel S.
    Rachel SmithMarch 11, 2016
    Shop life your is great tour guides very knowledgable, gift shop is fun but of course everything over priced
  • Conrad Hotels & Resorts
    Uncover the secrets of historic buildings on a guided walking tour. Read more
  • Malcolm C.
    Malcolm ChangFebruary 26, 2016
    Interesting tours in the most old time part of NYC. Plus lots of New York centric books and exhibits, dealing with the immigrant experience
  • Ting
    TingFebruary 15, 2016
    Stories of lives of NYC immigrants, particularly in lower east side.Thumbs up in making history come alive and immersive for the audience. Tours @ $25 each, choose one that matches your interest.
  • jiresell
    jiresellDecember 29, 2015
    Pretty expensive. Tour guides use a storytelling method which is ok. Recommend the shop tour.
  • Ashley R.
    Ashley RoseNovember 24, 2015
    Very cool look at life for so many LES residents. Book in advance, I did the Shop Life and the interactive bit was really cool.
  • Ting T.
    Ting TsaiNovember 22, 2015
    Tastings at the Tenement on Thursdays is a great way to see the museum and experience the evolution of the neighborhood through your taste buds.
  • Kelly C.
    Kelly ClarkeNovember 22, 2015
    Excellent museum with an innovative method of exploring the history of the area
  • Lauren B.
    Lauren BastianNovember 22, 2015
    You won't be disappointed with any of the tours! All of them are unique. The guides are passionate and amazing storytellers.
  • bruzed
    bruzedNovember 3, 2015
    Tours are awesome! And educational
  • Melissa L.
    Melissa LonsdaleOctober 28, 2015
    The Hard Times tour is great!
  • Raphael L.
    Raphael LangenscheidtOctober 10, 2015
    Fantastic! Immerses you in NY life in a way that few other things do! Totally worth it.
  • Lady S.
    Lady SmileSeptember 26, 2015
    Have to try it again.
  • Scott G.
    Scott GellmanSeptember 22, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Wonderful museum! But, don't go there expecting just Jewish LES information, this covers every ethnic group that's lived in these tenements.
  • Priscilla C.
    Priscilla C.September 15, 2015
    The book selection at the shop is wonderful.
  • Marina B.
    Marina BuritySeptember 12, 2015
    One of my favorite places in NY. A great place to learn more about the lives of immigrants that made the city what it is today. All tours are great, I loved the Hard Times.
  • Kimmie O.
    Kimmie OhhSeptember 11, 2015
    Learn about the living conditions many immigrants had to deal with. Great place to learn some NYC history. This place also has a great giftshop/bookshop.
  • Oz L.
    Oz LublingAugust 9, 2015
    Really interesting and unique museum. An amazing gift/bookstore on the ground level is a must.
  • Anna
    AnnaJuly 7, 2015
    One of the most engaging and educational museums in New York.
  • Jimena V.
    Jimena VelardeJune 29, 2015
    Inspector Tour and little store are really good
  • Ryan A.
    Ryan AmbsJune 24, 2015
    Come here when you feel bad about your NYC apartment
  • Kathryn P.
    Kathryn PhillipsJune 15, 2015
    What an amazing tour. Absolutely a "must-do" in NYC
  • Nadia S.
    Nadia SwanJune 7, 2015
    Been here twice and love hearing the stories of immigrants!
  • The Ritz-Carlton
    The Ritz-CarltonMarch 11, 2015
    This National Historic Site was home to approximately 7000 people from 20 nations between 1863 and 1935. Take a tour and learn about the personal stories of some of the early settlers of Manhattan.
  • Kavita B.
    Kavita BabaMarch 8, 2015
    Different tours for different moods. The hard times tour is a great start and the guides are very knowledgeable!
  • Mike R.
    Mike RobinsonMarch 8, 2015
    The 'Hard Times' guided tour was fantastic. Really great tour guides, incredible true stories of people who lived there. Really helps to understand immigrant's challenges and triumphs.
  • Christina C.
    Christina ChinDecember 21, 2014
    Really cool immersion museum where you get to see how life was. Found it really interesting and wish the tour was longer than an hour. Must schedule tour appt.
  • Eva
    EvaDecember 19, 2014
    Super interesting! The guides really know what their talking about, the reconstructions are very convincing, and the museum shop is a treat.
  • Sweta M.
    Sweta MohapatraNovember 14, 2014
    This is a tour based museum, the website will tell you the duration. Tours can sell out but you can buy online or at the museum. Take the Foods of LES tour when it's warm and bring your appetite!
  • Uiru
    UiruNovember 5, 2014
    Must visit museum if you are into immigration history. Ask for a guide name Ruth, amazing story teller .
  • Amelie P.
    Amelie PoojaryNovember 3, 2014
    Tours are story telling based and focus on difficulties met by immigrants in the 19th century. It was entertaining too but you'll only get to know one floor per tour and each one will cost 25 dollars
  • Dan G.
    Dan GruzmanOctober 25, 2014
    Brilliant and very immersive tours, but booking about a week in advance is a must. One of the best gift shops
  • Betsy K.
    Betsy KuehlOctober 12, 2014
    Irish and Jewish and Italian oh my
  • Precious S.
    Precious SusonSeptember 24, 2014
    very nice place. went for my bf who had a college assignment to do on the place. our tour guide anna was very nice and welcoming. if your really into this stuff id def say this is a place to check out
  • Clara B.
    Clara BayarriSeptember 14, 2014
    Great tours, I took the storefront stories which goes down Orchard street to tell how the neighborhood stores have evolved
  • Whitney F.
    Whitney FishmanSeptember 1, 2014
    None of the tours have AC so if you go in the summer be prepared to sweat.
  • Vivienne G.
    Vivienne GucwaAugust 31, 2014
    One of the top 10 quintessential NYC experiences. Around 7000 families lived in these tenements from the mid 19th - 20th centuries. Amazing tours and bonus: the BEST bookshop in NYC (seriously).
  • Peter V.
    Peter VermeulenAugust 18, 2014
    We signed up for the Irish tour and truly liked it. The Moore family came to live in this house..
  • AFAR Media
    AFAR MediaAugust 12, 2014
    The Tenement Museum walks you through history and explores immigration, discrimination, housing and the history of the neighborhood through the stories of actual families that lived in this building. Read more
  • Steve A.
    Steve AndroulakisAugust 7, 2014
    The 'Hard Times' tour is an engaging story of 2 families -- German and Italian. $25 each, goes for an hour.
  • Kathy C.
    Kathy CorwinMay 24, 2014
    Get Kimberlee as your guide, she is wonderful!
  • Jennifer L. S. W.
    Really enjoyed the Victoria living history tour...and the gift shop is amazing.
  • DailyCandy
    DailyCandyFebruary 26, 2014
    Once home to nearly 7,000 working-class immigrants, the tenement apartment building-turned-museum re-creates immigrant life in the 19th and 20th centuries w/ insights into their personal experiences.
  • adam t.
    adam thompsonFebruary 8, 2014
    Daryl is great
  • Carolina P.
    Carolina PokidayloDecember 15, 2013
    Learn about the incredible life and struggles of Irish immigrants in the 1800s and see how they lived. Well worth visiting.
  • Maria A.
    Maria ArbustoOctober 9, 2013
    Really great museum experience based on storytelling about lives of real people living in the Lower East Side.
  • Genesis M.
    Genesis MOctober 5, 2013
    Yes the tours are a little pricey, but there is free admission for AAM members! The guides are very informative and I learned so much on the Shop Life tour.
  • Viv
    VivSeptember 18, 2013
    Tours are quite expensive - they could combine several tours in the same amount of time (1 is 1 hr for only 2 family residences) as the apartment itself was quite interesting. Great bookshop though.
  • Frederic G.
    Frederic GSeptember 7, 2013
    Really interesting and engaging experience. Well done by the host
  • Carollyn P.
    Carollyn PAugust 28, 2013
    Should not be missed!
  • Amy P.
    Amy PoloAugust 16, 2013
    Not accommodating! We were told they had room on a tour for my two kids and myself....then they suddenly did not have room! Not worth the schlep from Mid Town!!!!
  • highwind
    highwindAugust 14, 2013
    Free admission for Bloomberg employees and 2 guests.
  • Colleen M.
    Colleen McGinnAugust 10, 2013
    Really interesting way to spend an hour of your weekend! Totally worth the trip, but check ahead of time to see when tours leave.
  • Racky R.
    Racky RossAugust 3, 2013
    They have great photobooks at a fair price in the store.
  • Compass
    CompassJuly 23, 2013
    Take tours of the Lower East Side and re-live what it was like to live in the area during times of great despair and triumph.
  • Sam M.
    Sam MaherJuly 22, 2013
    Shop Life tour is awesome and air conditioned! Book tours early online.
  • Patrick H.
    Patrick H.July 18, 2013
    The "Shop Life" tour is amazing, mixing business, immigration and a vision of America...an absolute must.
  • Angela G.
    Angela GalenJuly 1, 2013
    Starting the "Hard Times" tour.
  • Michelle M.
    Michelle MJune 6, 2013
    AWESOME! Daryl is SO knowledgable about the history of this neighborhood. Bring water though.
  • Tal S.
    Tal SafranMay 22, 2013
    Spend 30 minutes and watch the movie.
  • Betsy
    BetsyMay 3, 2013
    This is our favorite museum in town. Very well done! Meet Victoria is excellent!
  • David J.
    David JulesApril 17, 2013
    Call ahead to book your tour
  • Betty
    BettyApril 5, 2013
    They give sign language tours too!
  • Wdychen N.
    Wdychen NYCApril 2, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    The museum offers great educational talks about the history and story of the neighborhood.
  • christian svanes k.
    there's a public restroom in the basement. good to know in a time of need.
  • Lisa Fiorentino H.
    Purchased a fabulous to go bag and matching change purse decorated with shoe illustrations! If the shoe fits...buy it.
  • Josh R.
    Josh RhodeMarch 3, 2013
    Place is a joke. Overpriced way to be talked to like a kindergartener while learning absolutely nothing. Nothing.
  • Michelin Travel & Lifestyle
    About 7,000 people, mostly immigrants, lived in this five-story building from 1863 to 1935. Tours trace the lives of five typical families. - Green Guide Editor
  • Mallory
    MalloryFebruary 5, 2013
    if you want a cool experience, this is it
  • Michelin Travel & Lifestyle
    Michelin Travel & LifestyleSeptember 22, 2012
    Museum guides interpret several generations of immigrant life in a five-story tenement building. Tours last 1hr, are limited to 15 people, and should be booked in advance. No A/C. - Green Guide Editor
  • Nina Y.
    Nina YiamsamathaAugust 8, 2012
    Take the Victoria Confino tour for a very interactive, lively experience with a great actress/historical interpreter!
  • Gaby F.
    Gaby FloMay 28, 2012
    Now visit the prototype of a Lower East Side tenement where many of those immigrants lived. The only way to see the museum is by guided tour, which takes place frequently between 10am and 6pm
  • Washington Square Hotel
    Built in 1863, this museum interprets the history of immigration through the experiences of the those who their built lives on the Lower East Side.
  • The Junior League
    Learn about the people and conditions that inspired the first Junior League volunteers to serve their community by visiting the Lower East Side Tenement Museum.
  • Farrar, Straus & Giroux
    Meet Rich Cohen on Tuesday, June 5, 2012 at 6:30 PM as he discusses his new book, The Fish That Ate the Whale, a biography of Samuel Zemurray.
  • Saving Places
    Saving PlacesApril 22, 2012
    Once home to 7,000 immigrants between 1863 and 1935, the museum now provides a unique look into the lives of its former residents. 50% discount on admission for National Trust members.
  • Farrar, Straus & Giroux
    Farrar, Straus & GirouxFebruary 9, 2012
    Meet Joshua David and Robert Hammond on Thursday, March 15, 2012 at 6:30 PM as they discuss their book, High Line. Read more
  • Hot Bread Kitchen
    Hot Bread KitchenFebruary 2, 2012
    The Tenement Museum offers several different tours that provide a first hand look into the lives of American immigrants at the turn of the 20th century.
    THIRTEENDecember 13, 2011
    THIRTEEN members get 10% off Museum admission and 10% gift shop discount in this museum that presents the history of urban immigrant life on New York City’s Lower East Side! Read more
  • Jason
    JasonNovember 12, 2011
    A lot of hipsters. A lot.
  • New York Habitat
    New York HabitatOctober 11, 2011
    A great place to gain an understanding of how New York City came to be. The Tenement Museum is an eye opening experience as it takes you through actual families lives of those who lived there.
  • Katie B.
    Katie BarnardAugust 19, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Make reservations for tours in advance and be sure to check out the film playing all day in the shop and viewable for free!
  • Faith K.
    Faith KastenAugust 9, 2011
    Took two tours - Highly suggest a visit to this museum. It was awesome and each tour guide was passionate, well informed and interesting.
  • Erika L.
    Erika LimJuly 26, 2011
    The moores tour was great! Can't wait to go on the others!
  • Chris O.
    Chris OlsonJuly 15, 2011
    Off the beaten path but by far the most interesting museum we visited. Amex employees free + one guest with work id and business card.
  • Paul P.
    Paul PJuly 5, 2011
    There are multiple types of tours, all timed. Get your ticket early if possible.
    BLOUIN ARTINFOJune 29, 2011
    Take a Neighborhood Walking Tour to visit Lower East Side sites important to immigrants past & present. Read more
  • Lindsey S.
    Lindsey SmithJune 3, 2011
    Be sure to buy you're tickets in advance - the tours sell out.
  • Nate S.
    Nate SaeteMay 11, 2011
    My favorite museum in NYC!
  • Kevin D.
    Kevin DandoApril 20, 2011
    Check out the fabulous book store/gift shop
  • Diego R.
    Diego RufoMarch 31, 2011
    It sounds kind of hokey, I know, but the tour guides are really engaging and it gives you a new perspective on these changing neighborhoods. Read more
  • Urban Oyster
    Urban OysterMarch 30, 2011
    On the Confino tour, descendants of Victoria Confino helped develop the Victoria character, a historical interpretation of the real person you'll meet on the tour, even down to her sense of humor.
  • BoweryBoogie
    BoweryBoogieJanuary 31, 2011
    If you need a gift, and are at wit's end, head to their book shop. They have some really awesome NYC-related stuff. You'll find something.
  • Erik C.
    Erik CintronNovember 30, 2010
    Great museum and they seven different tours that are guided by well educated staff. Have to come back...they take you through the lives of people who lived in these buildings 150 years ago untouched
  • Tyler R.
    Tyler ReedNovember 7, 2010
    Wonderful shop, which will be bigger and better in new building. Great learning experience. Walking tours are fun!
  • 🤓Talia H.
    🤓Talia H🌟August 26, 2010
    An absolute must see!! And the best gift shop in NYC. Check it out!
  • Wilfred T.
    Wilfred TRMay 4, 2010
    History Channel
  • Alyssa G.
    Alyssa GalellaJanuary 30, 2010
    The gift shop is one of my favorite stores in NYC. So many great books.
  • Courtney M.
    Courtney MazzoneDecember 9, 2009
    I love the LES - can't wait to see this.
  • Megan F.
    Megan FitzpatrickSeptember 17, 2009
    The museum hosts a great lecture series called Tenement Talks, featuring many authors and historians.
  • Ronaldo M.
    Ronaldo MatosoJanuary 26, 2016
    Bairro diferenciado
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