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Lower East Side Tenement Museum, New York City, New York

108 Orchard St, New York City, New York

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Submitted by: Ray M.

Really a great museum since its more than just that.  Each tour is unique and incorporates the fami...

Submitted by: jessica w.

I have been to the Tenement Museum twice. The second time I decided to bring my 10 year old son with me (hoping he would not get bored). He loved it. Was talking about it for days. I ...

Submitted by: Lee L.

Total hit or miss depending on the tour guide!  Also see non-spoilers below on Getting By and The Moores. The first time I came was for "Getting By" and the tour guide was great, detailing the mysterious whereabouts of Mr. Gumpertz while eliciting great (voluntary) participation from the audience for theories on what happened to him and how the family managed to get by afterwards.   After keeping us in suspense for quite some time the guide finally revealed a restored version of the apartment that held the answer, backed by a lot of original census and other documents that the museum had been able to track down through the years to back up the findings.  To this day there is still a missing piece of the puzz...

Submitted by: Alena B.

Walking through this Museum is really like taking a step back in time.  I cannot even imagine living in these cramped quarters renting a bed by the hour while sweating through summer heat while steaming clothes...using the bathroom down the hall with magazine paper for TP and leaving my consumptive child to sleep on the roof.  ...

Submitted by: Erin O.

I went to the museum and did the Moore's tour about an Irish family living in a small tenement apartment. It was an amazing experience hearing and seeing how people lived during that time and the hardships they dealt with. I went on a weekday and the tour was just me and one other perso...

Submitted by: Jen S.

If you've never been on one of the Tenement Museum tours, I encourage you to try one out. Yes, they are $20 a pop. But it is absolutely money well spent. At least one of the tours is a living history tour -- your guide is in character and in costume. However, this is not true of all the tours, so it's best to check in advance. Please also check their website to see what floor each tour is on. I mention this, because there are no elevators. Personally, I hoof it up 3 flights of stairs at least once a day, because I live in a walk-up. But walking up to a 4th floor apartment isn't for everyone -- if you're bringing small children, someone with bad knees, or heart problems, you might want to aim for a tour that ...

Submitted by: martha m.

I've been meaning to go here for three years.   This is truly a great museum--great concept, great execution, great cause, etc.  Normally my husband finds many museums boring, but he was engrossed by the tours and intrigued by the building itsel...

Submitted by: Amanda B.

Took my family here as a surprise when they visited NY. As wonderful as a treat it was for them, I enjoyed the history lesson/tour as much. With my neighborhood right near here, it was exciting learning how the LES has transitioned over the last century. From the Germans to the Yiddish Jews to the now Chinese immigrants... the cyclical environment of the LES is a fascinating story in history aligned with variables from government influence, technology, and immigrant migration. We took the "Getting By" tour with Raj... he was very informative and great at "painting the picture" of how the families really lived during a certain period in time. Prices are reasonable... Tenement is also non-profit. The organizat...

Submitted by: Carmen M.

Nice museum! We had a great tour guide that brought the stories of the families that lived in the Tenement to life. I'm not sure the tour is worth th...

Submitted by: MacRae O.

When you think of New York City museums, you think MoMA.  The Met.  Natural History.  Guggenheim and Whitney.  Monuments to art and culture.  The Lower East Side Tenement Museum is a wonderful hidden gem, a subtle breath of fresh air amidst all these big, flashy (and admittedly amazing) NY institutions. The LESTM is exactly that: a tenement building, inhabited by over 7,000 immigrants between 1863 and the late 1930s.  When the building didn't pass a city inspection due to a dilapidated staircase, its owner decided to shutter the tenement permanently rather than pay the rather hefty price it would cost to repair the stairwell.  And for over 50 years the tenement sat untouched, its contents entombed.  In the l...

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