Lower East Side Tenement Museum

Lower East Side Tenement Museum

History Museum · Lower East Side
103 Orchard St (at Delancey St), New York, NY 10002, United States
Closed until 10:00 AM (Show more)
  • Mon–Wed, Fri–Sun
    • 10:00 AM–6:30 PM
  • Thu
    • 10:00 AM–8:30 PM
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The Lower East Side Tenement Museum tells the stories of immigrant families who resided in the historic tenement at 97 Orchard Street between 1863 and 1935.


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    Marina B.
    "All tours are great, I loved the Hard Times."(6 Tips)
    Precious S.
    "our tour guide anna was very nice and welcoming."(4 Tips)
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    "several generations of immigrant life"(3 Tips)
    Erik C.
    "seven different tours"(3 Tips)
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  • Ashley R.

    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.

    Ashley Rose · 4 days ago
  • Ting T.

    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.

    Ting Tsai · 5 days ago
  • Kelly C.

    Excellent museum with an innovative method of exploring the history of the area

    Kelly Clarke · 5 days ago
  • Lauren B.

    You won't be disappointed with any of the tours! All of them are unique. The guides are passionate and amazing storytellers.

    Lauren Bastian · 5 days ago
  • bruzed

    Tours are awesome! And educational

    bruzed · 3 weeks ago
  • Melissa L.

    The Hard Times tour is great!

    Melissa Lonsdale · October 28
  • Raphael L.

    Fantastic! Immerses you in NY life in a way that few other things do! Totally worth it.

    Raphael Langenscheidt · October 10
  • Peta S.

    Have to try it again.

    Peta Smile · September 26
  • Scott G.

    Wonderful museum! But, don't go there expecting just Jewish LES information, this covers every ethnic group that's lived in these tenements.

    Scott Gellman · September 22
  • Priscilla C.

    The book selection at the shop is wonderful.

    Priscilla C. · September 15
  • Marina B.

    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.

    Marina Burity · September 12
  • Kimmie O.

    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.

    Kimmie Ohh · September 11
  • Oz L.

    Really interesting and unique museum. An amazing gift/bookstore on the ground level is a must.

    Oz Lubling · August 9
  • Anna S.

    One of the most engaging and educational museums in New York.

    Anna Stassen · July 7
  • Jimena V.

    Inspector Tour and little store are really good

    Jimena Velarde · June 29
  • Ryan A.

    Come here when you feel bad about your NYC apartment

    Ryan Ambs · June 24
  • Kathryn P.

    What an amazing tour. Absolutely a "must-do" in NYC

    Kathryn Phillips · June 15
  • Nadia S.

    Been here twice and love hearing the stories of immigrants!

    Nadia Swan · June 7
  • Melissa R.

    Make sure to get tickets beforehand for tours

    Melissa Reohr · April 4
  • The Ritz-Carlton

    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.

    The Ritz-Carlton · March 11
  • Kavita B.

    Different tours for different moods. The hard times tour is a great start and the guides are very knowledgeable!

    Kavita Baba · March 8
  • Mike R.

    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.

    Mike Robinson · March 8
  • Christina C.

    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.

    Christina Chin · December 21, 2014
  • Eva

    Super interesting! The guides really know what their talking about, the reconstructions are very convincing, and the museum shop is a treat.

    Eva · December 19, 2014
  • Sweta M.

    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!

    Sweta Mohapatra · November 14, 2014
  • Uiru

    Must visit museum if you are into immigration history. Ask for a guide name Ruth, amazing story teller .

    Uiru · November 5, 2014
  • Amelie L.

    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

    Amelie Lelarge · November 3, 2014
  • Dan G.

    Brilliant and very immersive tours, but booking about a week in advance is a must. One of the best gift shops

    Dan Gruzman · October 25, 2014
  • Betsy K.

    Irish and Jewish and Italian oh my

    Betsy Kuehl · October 12, 2014
  • Precious S.

    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

    Precious Suson · September 24, 2014
  • Clara B.

    Great tours, I took the storefront stories which goes down Orchard street to tell how the neighborhood stores have evolved

    Clara Bayarri · September 14, 2014
  • Whitney F.

    None of the tours have AC so if you go in the summer be prepared to sweat.

    Whitney Fishman · September 1, 2014
  • Vivienne G.

    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).

    Vivienne Gucwa · August 31, 2014
  • Peter V.

    We signed up for the Irish tour and truly liked it. The Moore family came to live in this house..

    Peter Vermeulen · August 18, 2014
  • AFAR Media

    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

    AFAR Media · August 12, 2014
  • Steve A.

    The 'Hard Times' tour is an engaging story of 2 families -- German and Italian. $25 each, goes for an hour.

    Steve Androulakis · August 7, 2014
  • Kathy C.

    Get Kimberlee as your guide, she is wonderful!

    Kathy Corwin · May 24, 2014
  • Jennifer L. S. W.

    Really enjoyed the Victoria living history tour...and the gift shop is amazing.

    Jennifer L. S. Weber · May 12, 2014
  • DailyCandy

    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.

    DailyCandy · February 26, 2014
  • adam t.

    Daryl is great

    adam thompson · February 8, 2014
  • Carolina P.

    Learn about the incredible life and struggles of Irish immigrants in the 1800s and see how they lived. Well worth visiting.

    Carolina Pokidaylo · December 15, 2013
  • Maria A.

    Really great museum experience based on storytelling about lives of real people living in the Lower East Side.

    Maria Arbusto · October 9, 2013
  • Genesis M.

    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.

    Genesis M · October 5, 2013
  • Viv

    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.

    Viv · September 18, 2013
  • Frederic G.

    Really interesting and engaging experience. Well done by the host

    Frederic G · September 7, 2013
  • Carollyn P.

    Should not be missed!

    Carollyn P · August 28, 2013
  • Amy P.

    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!!!!

    Amy Polo · August 16, 2013
  • Feng Z.

    Free admission for Bloomberg employees and 2 guests.

    Feng Zhou · August 14, 2013
  • Colleen M.

    Really interesting way to spend an hour of your weekend! Totally worth the trip, but check ahead of time to see when tours leave.

    Colleen McGinn · August 10, 2013
  • Racky R.

    They have great photobooks at a fair price in the store.

    Racky Ross · August 3, 2013

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