View the restored apartments of past residents from different time periods.
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.
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.
THEN & NOW
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.
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.
Visit the apartment of a Greek Sephardic family and meet a costumed interpreter playing 14-year-old Victoria Confino, who lived in the tenement in 1916. Visitors take on the role of newly arrived immigrants, and ask Victoria questions about adjusting to life on the Lower East Side . Designed for families, this tour allows visitors to handle household objects.
Made possible by the Stavros Niarchos Foundation
Recommended for visitors with low vision.
Tastings at the Tenement
Explore the vibrant foods of immigrant New York, past and present.
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Tuesday, March 24
Browse our extensive collection of photos in our new online archive.