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Tenement Museum, New York City

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To see America through the eyes of an immigrant living in New York about a century ago, visit Tenement Museum, a five-story brick building that once served as home to nearly 7,000 people from over 20 different nations. The museum promotes tolerance and provides a historical perspective on the immigrant experience, featuring exhibits built to depict the lives of those who lived here between 1869 and 1935. You can take a tour of the former tenement any day of the week, but to place the lives of immigrants in the broader context of the city's history, consider taking a walking tour of the entire neighborhood. Check online for availability, and take advantage of considerable savings by booking a combination tenement-neighborhood tour. To visit Tenement Museum and get the most from your holiday in New York City, create itinerary details personal to you using our New York City travel route planning tool.
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  • I love the podcast, The Bowery Boys, (history of New York City and it’s boroughs). Their Episode #246, focuses on the Tenement Museum, located on the lower east side. During a recent trip to Brooklyn....  more
    I love the podcast, The Bowery Boys, (history of New York City and it’s boroughs). Their Episode #246, focuses on the Tenement Museum, located on the lower east side. During a recent trip to Brooklyn....  more »
  • Admittedly we tuned up pretty much last minute and the only tour available was to visit family life ( I don’t remember the exact name). We visited four rooms in the building, two of which were... 
    Admittedly we tuned up pretty much last minute and the only tour available was to visit family life ( I don’t remember the exact name). We visited four rooms in the building, two of which were...  more »
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  • Extremely interesting museum. Tour was fascinating and going through the old tenement building dynamite. Very good bookstore and the movie that runs on a loop was very interesting. Would’ve given five stars except the staff working there were kind of snippety and they didn’t allow any photographs in the tenement building tour. Why? I have no idea!
  • I did the 100 Years Apart tour about Mrs. Wang from China and Natalie from Prussia. The tour guide was kind and knowledgeable and really brought the history to life; I think I could have listened to them for hours. The apartment, factory, and props/materials handed around were really neat. It was $30 and I was able to make a reservation the day of the tour, although I would recommend doing that earlier if you need more time options. There’s stairs and an elevator to access some, but not all, of their tours. There’s lockers and gendered restrooms with multiple stalls on the lower level. There’s a gift shop with excellent book, art, and gift options. I’m so excited to read the book that I got!

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