Lower East Side Tenement Museum
For decades, the rough-and-tumble streets of Manhattan's Lower East Side were home to countless immigrants who struggled to achieve the American Dream. Their stories are carefully documented and tenderly told on tours of 97 Orchard Street, a five-story tenement building and National Historic Landmark. All told, some 7,000 people from 20 nations lived at this address between 1863 and 1935.
Upstairs, re-created apartments showcase several tenant families of different ethnicities who made this tenement their home at various points in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Tours cover their backgrounds and back stories, as well as how they lived and worked in their new country---surviving personal hardships and economic hard times. The first floor contains a re-created 1870s German saloon and exhibits that document some of the family-run businesses that operated here.
Tours depart from the Museum Shop and Visitor Center at 103 Orchard Street and last 60, 90, or 120 minutes; prices vary, and reservations are highly recommended. For an even more enriching experience, consider combining a tenement tour with a themed neighborhood tour. If you’re interested in historic preservation, note that on Thursday evenings, the Exploring 97 Orchard Street tour highlights the museum’s research and restoration efforts. There’s also a changing roster of special exhibits, talks, tastings, and other events.
103 Orchard St.
- New York, New York 10002
- 40.71859300, -73.98999100
- Daily 10--6; tour times vary.
- Visit Website
- (877) 975-3786