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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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Tenement Museum reviews
It’s basically the “everyone’s” story for people who immigrated to New York. There was nothing special. I know people now that are living here in worse apartments. I always wanted to check it out...
It’s basically the “everyone’s” story for people who immigrated to New York. There was nothing special. I know people now that are living here in worse apartments. I always wanted to check it out... more »
Really enjoyed our tour - we did a tour that focused on two families - one that came over fleeing the war and another who came from Puerto Rico for employment. Loved that we sat in the actual...
Really enjoyed our tour - we did a tour that focused on two families - one that came over fleeing the war and another who came from Puerto Rico for employment. Loved that we sat in the actual... more »
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!
We visited the tenement museum on a Sunday afternoon and it had been recommended by friends. I have to say I was expecting a bit more. We did the 100 years apart tour and whilst the tour guide/educator was excellent and knowledgeable. The actual tenement was underwhelming. We visited 2 tenements, the first tenement was a recreation of another a few buildings down which was a little disappointing. I thought the whole point of it was that it was the exact same tenement. The background of the Prussian family from the educator was interesting. The second tenement was one of which a chinese family had lived in the 70’s. Less interesting for me but perhaps I’m more interested in the early NYC immigrants. Maybe it was the tour or perhaps the lack of rooms we saw but it didn’t really live up to the recommendation.
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