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

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Discover how immigrants survived economic depressions at 97 Orchard Street between 1863 and 1935. Visit the restored homes of the German-Jewish Gumpertz family, whose patriarch disappeared during the Panic of 1873, and the Italian-Catholic Baldizzi family, who lived through the Great Depression.

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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.



History didn’t make the Lower East Side; people did. This tour tells the story of how neighborhood residents for the past 100 years have fought to preserve their community and improve their neighborhood in the face of profound economic and political change. [Note: This tour does not enter any buildings.]

Limited Wheelchair Capacity
Call 1-877-97LESTM in advance for wheelchair tickets.

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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

citations proverbes

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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