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Lower East Side Tenement Museum

VISITOR INFORMATION

LOCATION

The museum shop and visitor center is located at 103 Orchard St., Manhattan. The museum is located at 97 Orchard St., Manhattan.

GETTING THERE

Get map & directions.

HOURS

Open Monday-Sunday, 10am - 6pm; Thursday until 8:30pm.

ADMISSION

Adults: $22; Students & Seniors (65+): $17; Members: Free. Children under 5 yrs admitted only to Victoria Confino Tour. Museum can only be visited via guided tour.

ACCESSIBILITY

Shop Life and neighborhood tours are wheelchair accessible. The museum shop and visitor center is also accessible.

CONTACT

Lower East Side Tenement Museum, 877-975-3786

NEARBY ATTRACTIONS

African Burial Ground
Federal Hall
Theodore Roosevelt Birthplace

National Park Service

Lower East Side Tenement Museum

A museum in a landmark tenement dedicated to interpreting the immigrant experience



Orchard Street between Delancey and Broome looks like a contemporary city street lined with boutiques and cafes, but a closer examination reveals evidence of this street's vibrant immigrant history. In 1903, this square block was the most crowded section of the most densely-populated city on earth.

Imagine weaving through pushcarts brimming with food and garments as you make your way down Orchard to the Tenement Shop and Visitor Center at No. 108. Here you can either pick up your pre-reserved Tenement Museum tour, book a same-day tour, shop, or sit in the theater and enjoy a 25-minute video produced about immigration to the Lower East Side from the 19th Century to the present.

The eleven guided tours offered by the Tenement Museum—an affiliated national park site—take visitors within the walls of the landmark tenement building at 97 Orchard Street or through the historic neighborhood. Constructed by German immigrant Lukas Glockner in 1863, the tenement was home to an estimated 7,000 people from more than 20 nations between 1863 and 1935. The museum recreates apartments of real-life tenants including the Gumpertz, Rogarshevsky, Confino Baldizzi, Levine, and Moore families. The Tenement Museum's official website offers helpful tools in deciding which tours best suit your interests. However, each is an evocative interpretative experience that engages visitors in the lives of real people and connects their stories to present-day immigration debates and issues.

Things to Do

Special Events in November

Tenement Talks

6:30pm, doors open at 6pm. Museum Shop, 103 Orchard St. Seats are first-come, first-served. Contact Laura Lee at 212-431-0233 ext. 259 or llee@tenement.org.

11/5 - All of a Kind Family

Discuss the classic children's book series, All of a Kind Family, about an immigrant family living on the Lower East Side with Anna Holmes, Rebecca Traister, Hasia Diner, and Lizzie Skurnick.

11/12 - The Lowline

Hear from the visionaries who plan to revitalize the de-commissioned underground trolley terminal below Delancey Street and Vishaan Chakrabarti, Columbia University architecture professor who helped create the High Line.

11/19 - Orphan Train & My Notorious Life

Join authors Christina Baker Kline and Kate Manning for a talk about how the events of the 19th century inspired their respective work. Kline's Orphan Train is the story of a child sent to the Midwest on an orphan train, but now grown up is uncovering the mystery of her past. Manning's My Notorious Life fictionalizes the life of a midwife who became powerful, wealthy, and controversial in her practices of supporting women's reproductive rights.

Tours

DAILY, see museum schedule for details

Other Activities

History, architecture and lectures. See the museum website for ongoing programs and events.