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There are three ways to visit the Tenement Museum -

  • Tour the building and visit the restored apartments and businesses of past residents and merchants from different time periods
  • Meet the residents (played by costumed interpreters) who lived at 97 Orchard Street
  • Walk the neighborhood and discover the Lower East Side and the way immigrants helped shaped the area and its culture.

Combine a building tour with a walking tour for a comprehensive museum experience.

Members can reserve tickets through our dedicated members-hotline: 877-975-3786. We apologize that free members tickets are not available online at this time.


Shop Life

Shop Life

Made possible by The David Berg Foundation

Family-run stores filled the lower level of 97 Orchard for over a century, where they struggled to adapt to an ever-changing neighborhood and achieve the American Dream. Visit the 1870s German saloon of John and Caroline Schneider, and use interactive media to trace the stories of turn-of-the-century kosher butchers, a 1930s auctioneer, and 1970s undergarment discounters.

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

 

Ground floor - 90 minutes - Recommended Ages 12+



Sweatshop Workers

Sweatshop Workers

Pay a visit to the Levine family's garment workshop and the Rogarshevskys' Sabbath table at the turn of the 20th century, when the Lower East Side was the most densely populated place in the world. Explore how immigrants balanced work, family and religion at a time of great change.

 

3rd Floor - 1 Hour - Recommended Ages 8 +



Hard Times

Hard Times

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.

2nd Floor - 1 Hour - Recommended Ages 8 +



Irish Outsiders

Irish Outsiders

Experience the heart of the immigrant saga through the music of Irish America, then tour the restored home of the Moore family, Irish-Catholic immigrants who left their home in the Five Points to start a new life in Kleindeutschland. Explore how this family dealt with being 'outsiders' in 97 Orchard and how they coped with the death of their child in 1869.

 

4th Floor - 1 Hour - Recommended Ages 12 +



Sweatshop Workers: Tour & Discussion

Sweatshop Workers: Tour & Discussion

Spend extended time inside the Levine and Rogarshevsky 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.

3rd Floor - 2 Hours - Recommended Ages 12 +



Hard Times: Tour And Discussion

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.

2nd Floor - 2 Hours - Recommended Ages 12 +



Exploring 97 Orchard

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

 

1st, 2nd, & 4th Floors - 90 Minutes - Recommended Ages 12+



Victoria Confino

Victoria Confino

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.

1st Floor - 1 Hour - Recommended Ages 5 +



LIVE! AT THE TENEMENT

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, November 16, 2014
Sunday, December 21, 2014
Sunday, January 18, 2015
Sunday, March 8, 2015
 
Please check our tour calendar one month prior to purchase tickets.

 

2nd, 3rd, and 4th Floors - 90 minutes - Recommended Ages 10+



TENEMENT INSPECTORS

TENEMENT INSPECTORS

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.

 

1st Floor 90 minutes Recommended Ages 8+



Storefront Stories

Storefront Stories

For more than a century, Orchard Street has been the heart ofthe Lower East Side's historic shopping district. Explore this vibrant community of small businesses, and compare the experiences of immigrant entrepreneurs in the past and present. Visit the site of the iconic Eckstein's clothing store, where generations of New Yorkers haggled for deals, as well as the neighborhood's present-day boutiques and galleries.

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

 

75 Minutes - Recommended Ages 8 +



Foods Of The Lower East Side

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 shaped American food. Note: This tour does not enter any buildings, other than a short introduction and conclusion in our Visitors Center.

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

2 Hours - Recommended Ages 8 +



Outside The Home

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.

1 Hour 30 Minutes - Recommended Ages 8 +



Then & Now

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 it�s 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.

2 Hours - Recommended Ages 8 +



How to Visit the Museum:

  1. Choose a tour
  2. Select a date & time
  3. Purchase tickets online, in-person or by calling 877.975.3786

Tour Times

Tour times vary. Please click on the link below for exact times and availability.

Calendar of all tours

No refunds or exchanges on tickets.

Babies, infants, and children under the age of 6 are not permitted on building tours except "Meet Victoria Confino".

TICKET PRICES

Adults: $25
Students: $20
Seniors (65+): $20
Members: Free

FOODS OF THE LOWER EAST SIDE

Adults: $45
Students: $40
Seniors (65+): $40
Members: $22

Members can reserve tickets through our dedicated members-hotline: 877-975-3786. We apologize that free member tickets are not available online at this time.

Visitor Center/Museum Hours

10:00 am - 6:30 pm Fri - Wed
10 am - 8:30 pm Thurs

(closed Thanksgiving,
Christmas and
New Year's Day)
103 Orchard Street (map).

SPECIAL EVENTS


Tastings at the Tenement
Thursday evenings at 6:30

MORE INFO

The Lower East Side Tenement Museum welcomes all visitors. We recognize the diverse needs of our audience. For a complete list of accessible offerings, visit our accessibility page.