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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

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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 April

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.

4/1 - The Search for General Tso

Hear author Jennifer 8. Lee discuss her fascinating quest to China, chronicled in her new documentary The Search for General Tso, to find the origins of popular American Chinese dishes with New York Times editor Sewell Chan.

4/15 - Why Not Say What Happened

Join renowned cultural historian Morris Dickstein as he discusses with literary critic Adam Kirsch, his memoir Why Not Say What Happened, which traces his personal journey to becoming a public intellectual from the Lower East Side to Columbia, Yale and Cambridge.

4/21 - The 1965 Immigration Act: 50 Years Later

Look back at the landmark 1965 law that opened the nation's borders to a larger section of the globe, thereby transforming the city's landscape, with Nisha Agarwal, NYC Commissioner of Immigrant Affairs; Carlos Menchaca, NYC Council Member; Nancy Foner, CUNY Graduate Center sociologist; and demographers Peter Lobo and Joe Salvo.

4/29 - The Stories of Ruins

Discuss how ruins evoke events and stories of the past with Andrew Dolkart, director of Columbia University's historic preservation program, Katherine Malone-France of the National Trust for Historic Preservation and Christopher Payne, photographer of North Brother Island: The Last Unknown Place in New York City.

Tours

DAILY, see museum schedule for details

Other Activities

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