The museum shop and visitor center is located at 103 Orchard St., Manhattan. The museum is located at 97 Orchard St., Manhattan.
Open Monday-Sunday, 10am - 6pm; Thursday until 8:30pm.
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.
Shop Life and neighborhood tours are wheelchair accessible. The museum shop and visitor center is also accessible.
Lower East Side Tenement Museum, 877-975-3786
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 May
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
5/6 - Autobiography of the LES
Hear about the short-lived Umbra Workshop, a Lower East Side artist collective of the 1960's, from award-winning poet Rashidah Ismali, poet David Henderson and CUNY professor Eben Wood.
5/13 - Safe Passage
Join Lenni Benson founder of the Safe Passage Project—which provides legal assistance for unaccompanied minors—and Isabel Martinez, a sociologist whose research focuses on the impact of detention and deportation on unaccompanied Mexican immigrant minors, to discuss their work as well as their family immigration stories.
5/20 - The Odd Woman and the City
Hear from author Vivian Gornick as she discusses her new book exploring the rhythms, chance encounters and ever-changing friendships of urban life that forge an independent woman, with author Rochelle Gurstein.
5/27 - A Voice Still Heard: Irving Howe
Hear a panel of distinguished guests discuss the legacy and influence of Irving Howe—man of letters, political critic and public intellectual. Guests include Howe's daughter Nina Howe, American Jewish historian Tony Michels and members of the Dissent editorial staff Paul Berman and Sarah Leonard.
Sunday Afternoon Reading: Cat in the City
Join a special family fun day with award-winning author Julie Salamon making her children's fiction debut with this story about a stray cat, Pretty Boy, who works his way into the hearts of his neighbors and creates a home for himself.
History, architecture and lectures. See the museum website for ongoing programs and events.