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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

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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 October

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.

10/1 - New York in 101 Objects

New York Times public affairs reporter Sam Roberts covers the rich story of America's great metropolis in his latest book, A History of New York in 101 Objects. The story is told through 101 distinctive objects that span the history of New York. Roberts will be in conversation with writer Kevin Baker.

10/8 - One Out of Three and 103 Orchard

Advisors to the museum's upcoming 103 Orchard Street Exhibit which include professors Nancy Foner, Phil Kasinitz, and Margaret Chin, will discuss contemporary immigration in New York City and give a sneak preview of the new exhibit.

10/15 - Picking Up

Anthropologist Robin Nagle, who spent time working as a uniformed sanitation worker, is uniquely qualified to talk about the relationship between trash and the cities. The author of Picking Up, Nagle comes to talk about her continued work with NYC's Department of Sanitation.

10/22 - League of Kitchens

League of Kitchens provides immersive experiences where immigrants teach intimate cooking workshops in their homes. The organization's founder Lisa Gross, food writer Molly O'Neill, and trained immigrant home cooks will be in conversation about the power of cultural exchanges through cooking and eating together.

10/29 - Meyer London

Legendary politician Meyer London was celebrated on the Lower East Side when he was elected the second Socialist Congressman in 1914. Biographer Gordon Goldberg, historian Danny Soyer and Rosalyn Baxandal, who is London's grand-niece, will discuss London's impact and influence.

Tours

DAILY, see museum schedule for details

Other Activities

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