The holidays are a busy time for the Museum. We strongly recommend booking tickets in advance online or through our Call Center.
View the restored apartments of past residents from different time periods.
EXPLORING 97 ORCHARD
Go behind the scenes at the Tenement Museum and explore the layers of history in the tenement’s physical fabric. Learn how legislation and fashion spurred landlords and tenants to leave their mark on the building, and how paint experts, wallpaper conservators and urban archeologists "read" these layers to uncover 97 Orchard's stories.
* Offered only on Thursdays
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.
OUTSIDE THE HOME
See the Lower East Side through the eyes of the immigrants who have lived here for 150 years. Discover the towering Jarmulowsky Bank building, where immigrants deposited (and eventually lost) their life savings; the Daily Forward building, where socialists fought for worker rights; and PS 42, where generations of immigrants learned how to be "American." [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.
Take on the role of housing inspectors in 1906. The assignment: investigate 97 Orchard Street to see if the building is up to code, and interview actors portraying the building’s landlord and tenant to get both sides of the story. In 1901, New York State passed the landmark Tenement Housing Act, responding to hazardous and unsanitary tenement conditions. Come find out if 97 Orchard was in compliance, and delve into the broader questions of social justice and housing.
Tenement Inspectors is only available on select dates:
Sunday, January 11th, 2014
Sunday, April 26th, 2015
Sunday, May 3rd, 2015
Please check our tour calendar
one month prior to purchase tickets.
Tuesday, November 18
Browse our extensive collection of photos in our new online archive.