Please note, this Sunday, March 18th, the New York City half-marathon runs through the Lower East Side, with several roads closed to traffic. We advise visitors to anticipate disruption and to plan their travel accordingly.
View the restored apartments of past residents from different time periods.
Under One Roof
In the decades after World War II, the Lower East Side became one of New York’s most diverse neighborhoods. Visit the homes of Bella Epstein, whose parents survived the Holocaust, Jose and Andy Velez, whose mother left Puerto Rico for garment work, and the Wong siblings, whose stories of their mother and other garment workers are highlighted in an interactive, recreated Chinatown garment shop.
Explore the Lower East Side and the American Immigrant Experience.
Foods of the Lower East Side
Taste dumplings, fried plantains, cream puffs, and more while exploring the immigrant experience and some of the ways immigrant foods have shape American food. Note: This tour does not enter any buildings, other than a short introduction and conclusion in our Visitor Center.
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.
LIVE! AT THE TENEMENT
Meet the residents of 97 Orchard Street and explore multiple apartments in the Tenement Museum – an experience not available on any other tour. Connect to the experience of living in the building by interacting with actors portraying members of the Moore (1868), Levine (1898), and Baldizzi (1935) families. The program is a special opportunity to learn about the daily lives of these residents and how their hopes and aspirations intersected with an ever-changing Lower East Side.
Live! at the Tenement is only offered on select dates:
Sunday, February 25, 2018
Sunday, April 15, 2018
Sunday, May 20, 2018
Sunday, June 17, 2018
Sunday, September 16, 2018
Sunday, December 16, 2018
Tastings at the Tenement
Taste the immigrant foods that helped shape American cuisine.
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YOUR STORY, OUR STORY
Share your own family history and join us in telling the story of American immigration.
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Browse the Museum’s photo collection of over 1,300 images spanning from the 1860s to today.