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View the restored apartments of past residents from different time periods.

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Made possible by The David Berg Foundation

Family-run stores filled the lower level of 97 Orchard for over a century, where they struggled to adapt to an ever-changing neighborhood and achieve the American Dream. Visit the 1870s German saloon of John and Caroline Schneider, and use interactive media to trace the stories of turn-of-the-century kosher butchers, a 1930s auctioneer, and 1970s undergarment discounters.

Limited Wheelchair Capacity
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To enhance your visit, arrive 30 minutes before your tour to watch our original film, 'An American Story', in the theater at our Visitor Center.


Explore the Lower East Side and the American Immigrant Experience.


Every building on the Lower East Side tells its own story. On this tour you’ll hear some of those stories and learn about the architects, artists and everyday people who influenced the design and use of this neighborhood’s buildings and shaped the streetscape you see today.

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Explore the neighborhood and continue the story! Take one of our walking tours in combination with a building tour and explore Lower East Side life -- past and present.


Visit a costumed interpreter playing a past resident of 97 Orchard Street.

Meet The Residents



Step into the dark corners and cramped spaces of 97 Orchard Street. The year is 1906, and visitors meet the landlord and a resident to learn firsthand about the realities of tenement life on the Lower East Side. Who is responsible for providing a safe and healthy home? Everything may not be as it seems.

Tenement Inspectors is only available on select dates:
Sunday, Nov 15, 2015
Sunday, January 17, 2016
Sunday, March 20, 2016
Sunday, June 19, 2016
Sunday, July 17, 2016
Sunday, August 21, 2016
Sunday, October 16, 2016

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Please check our tour calendar one month prior to purchase tickets.


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Tastings at the Tenement

Explore the vibrant foods of immigrant New York, past and present.



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