Due to renovations, please note the wheelchair lift will also not be available Mondays - Fridays August 1 - September 12.
View the restored apartments of past residents from different time periods.
Hard Times: Tour And Discussion
Spend extended time inside the Gumpertz and Baldizzi apartments and join in a discussion about themes arising from the tour. Share your experiences, thoughts and family histories with your educator and fellow visitors.
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
For generations of immigrants, the Lower East Side wasn't just a place to find a cheap home. It was also where they learned how to start a business, build a congregation, educate their children, and lobby the government. Discover the fascinating history of this neighborhood and find out why itï¿½s such an ever-changing mix of the old and the new. [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.
Tuesday, August 26
Browse our extensive collection of photos in our new online archive.