Tenement Museum

by admin | Last Updated: May 27, 2020

The Tenement Museum is one of New York’s most unique museums. These restored tenement apartments which are accessible only on guided tours, each telling the stories of immigrants who lived in the building.

Where is the Tenement Museum?

The Tenement Museum is located at 97 and 103 Orchard Street in the Lower East Side neighbourhood of Manhattan.

The Tenement Museum is a short walk from Bowery subway station. It is within walking distance of the New Museum, International Center of Photography Museum and the Museum of Chinese in America.

How much does it cost to visit the Tenement Museum

Unlike most museums, the Tenement Museum is experienced through tours costing $27 for adults, and $22 for students (6 – 17) and seniors.

Children under 6 are not permitted on many of the museums tours.

The Museum offers discounts for teachers, military, neighborhood residents (10002 zip code) and visitors with disabilities.

What is there to see at the Tenement Museum?

The Tenement Museum offers visitors the chance to step back in time on tours of two buildings on Manhattan’s Lower East Side. Visits are only permissible on guided tours which are scheduled throughout the day.

Tours include Hard Times, Sweatshop Workers, Irish Outsiders all featuring different families who occupied the building over the last 150 years.

The museum also offers a more interactive experience with ‘Meet Victoria Confino’ which puts you face to face with a 14-year old Italian immigrant and neighbourhood walking tours.

The tour format and interactive nature of the Tenement Museum are what makes it really stand out.

Tips for visiting the Tenement Museum

Planning a visit to the Tenement Museum? These tips will help you to get more from your visit.

Book Ahead
The Tenement Museum’s popularity and its tour only format mean that it often gets booked up in advance, so be sure to book a ticket for the tour of your choice a few weeks before you intend to visit the museum.

Book Multiple Tours
The Tenement Museum tours have a great reputation, but each only allows you to see part of the building. Why not book two tours to make the most of your visit?

Great Museum Alert
Several museums are within walking distance of the Tenement Museum. The New Museum is a brilliant contemporary art museum within easy walking distance.

Eat Nearby
The Tenement Museum doesn’t have a cafe, but there are plenty of places to eat nearby to suit every budget.