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; Thursday until 8:30pm.
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.
Shop Life and neighborhood tours are wheelchair accessible. The museum shop and visitor center is also accessible.
Lower East Side Tenement Museum, 877-975-3786
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 are held at 6:30pm at the Museum Shop, 103 Orchard St. unless noted. Guarantee a seat with the purchase of the evening's featured book by calling 212-431-0233, ext. 259. Otherwise, seating is on a first-come, first-served basis beginning at 6pm.
I Learn America
Join I Learn America filmmakers and student subjects for a partial screening and discussion on growing up as an immigrant in America. Sociologist Phil Kasinitz, author of Inheriting the City: The Children of Immigrants Come of Age, will also join the conversation. This event is co-sponsored by Facing History and Ourselves.
Emma Goldman's Legacy
Enjoy an evening of conversation about activist, writer and orator Emma Goldman. Historian Thai Jones will discuss Goldman's legacy and journalist Rebecca Traister, City Council Member Rosie Mendez, and author Vivian Gornick share how she influenced their lives and work.
After They Closed the Gates
Join author and historian Libby Garland as she discusses the influx of immigrants after quotas were set in the 1920s. The evening will include reenactments dramatizing some of the cases highlighted in her book After They Closed the Gates. The event is free, but you can reserve two seats by purchasing the book.
How the Other Half Lives
Attend a discussion about poverty and how this country has responded. The panel will include journalists Sasha Abramsky and Ted Gup, and historian Ethan G. Sribnick from the Institute for Children, Poverty and Homelessness. The event is free, but you can reserve two seats by purchasing one of the featured books.
History, architecture and lectures. See the museum website for ongoing programs and events.