Lower East Side Tenement Museum

Lower East Side Tenement Museum

History Museum
Lower East Side, New York
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  • Erin R.
    Erin RathJune 28
    Tour guide was knowledgeable, thorough and enthusiastic. This is a must-see museum!
  • Yan P.
    Yan PJune 17
    Tours sell out often. Make a reservation.
  • Anthony D.
    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
    Cool gift shop/museum with a theater room. Come learn about LES
  • Marie D.
    Took the Moore's tour. It's an earlier time frame tour.
  • Christoph K.
    I went on two tours and both were excellent: Lively, knowledgable tour guides, lots of interesting information, really glad I went along!
  • Elie H.
    This museum is beautiful!
  • Rachel S.
    Rachel SmithMarch 11
    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
    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
    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.
    Upvoted 4 weeks ago
  • 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
    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 S.
    Anna StassenJuly 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.
    Upvoted 4 weeks ago
  • 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 L.
    Amelie LelargeNovember 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.
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