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.
Adults: $20; Students & Seniors (65+): $15; Members / Under 5 yrs: Free
The Visitor Center and Museum Shop are accessible, the tenement is not.
Lower East Side Tenement Museum, 212-431-0233
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 four guided tours of the Tenement Museum—an affiliated national park site—take visitors within the walls of the landmark tenement building at 97 Orchard Street. 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 of the four 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
All events are held at 6:30pm, at the Museum Shop, 103 Orchard St.
Chosen Capital: The Jewish Encounter with Modern Capitalism
Join Professors Rebecca Kobrin and Andrew Dolkart to discuss how American Jews helped shape and were shaped by the development of capitalism. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis beginning at 6pm. Guarantee a seat with the purchase of the book Chosen Capital, by calling 212-431-0233, ext. 212.
Eat the City: Farming the Five Boroughs
Listen to this roundtable discussion between prominent urban agriculture advocates led by Robin Shulman, author of Eat the City. Also taste some local food and drink from farm-to-table vendors. Purchase tickets on the Tenement website.
Restored Tenement and Neighborhood
History, architecture and lectures. See museum calendar of programs and events.