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The Lower East Side Tenement Museum welcomes all visitors. We recognize the diverse needs of our audience and offer accessible programming to enable all visitors to explore the shared American experiences we interpret at the Tenement Museum.

Click Here to see a chart of accessible tenement tours.

For a calendar of upcoming special events created especially for visitors who have disabilities, please see Upcoming Events listed below.

For questions about Museum accessibility and how we can accommodate your specific needs, call 212-431-0233, x. 273 or e-mail

Our Shop Life tour
is wheelchair
accessible. Watch this video
to learn more.

Exhibit Accessibility Launch Video


The Delancey-Essex F/J/M station has an escalator but no elevator. The nearest wheelchair accessible subway station is B/ D/ F/ M/ 6 to Broadway-Lafayette Street.

The wheelchair accessible public entrance to 103 Orchard Street is on Delancey Street, between Orchard and Allen. Tell Access-a-ride the address is 81 Delancey. 103 Orchard's accessible door is located adjacent to 81. Ring bell for entry.


All public spaces and programs held at 103 Orchard Street are wheelchair accessible.
The orientation film shown in the theater of our Visitor Center, An American Story, is open captioned, and equipped with an induction loop.
The Visitors Center is equipped with universally designed elevators and restrooms on the basement level.


The ticketing and retail counters are equipped with induction loops.
FM assistive listening devices are available upon request for all Museum programming.
Large print and braille materials as well as handling objects are available for many programs. Ask for these materials when you purchase your tour ticket, and see our chart of accessible tenement tours for specifics.
Shop Life is the only wheelchair accessible tour that enters 97 Orchard Street. There is limited capacity. To reserve tickets for individuals who use wheelchairs, visitors must call in advance, 1-877-97LESTM.
Mobility lift capacity:
Maximum Weight: 750 lbs/340 kgs
Maximum Width: 33 in/.83 m
Maximum Length: 48 in/1.21 m

While Shop Life is a fully accessible tour, there are no restrooms in our historic tenement where the tour takes place. Accessible restrooms are located in the Visitors Center at 103 Orchard Street, half a block away.
Portions of the Shop Life and Irish Outsiders tours include audio-visual elements equipped with induction loops.
ASL interpretation is available with at least 2 weeks' advanced notice for Tour the Building programs. The Museum's deaf Educator, Alexandria Wailes, also leads quarterly ASL tours with no voice interpretation for the public, and private tours for groups of five or more. Watch this introductory video.


Meet Victoria takes place in a space that is fully touchable. It is recommended for visitors who are blind or low vision.


All neighborhood tours are wheelchair accessible. During the winter, Foods of the Lower East Side takes place in a wheelchair accessible space. Learn more on our neighborhood tours page.
Foods of the Lower East Side offers a variety of muliti-modal sensory elements, including hearing oral history clips and smelling and tasting foods. It is recommended for visitors who are blind or low vision and other non-visual learners.


Tenement Talks and Culinary Conversations are fully wheelchair accessible and take place in a space equipped with an induction loop.
FM Assistive Listening devices and neckloops are available for all evening events held at 103 Orchard. Ask a Visitor Services representative for assistance.


The Tenement Museum offers several special programs designed to suit the needs of visitors with particular disabilities.

Parties of 5 or more can schedule a Touch Tour or ASL tour. You must call ahead to book these programs. 212 431-0233 x273.

Due to the generosity of the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, the Tenement Museum is pleased to offer a limited number of free tickets for groups of underserved populations. To apply to be a part of our Good Neighbor program, please complete and return the application found here.

Combine any of our Tour the Building program with handling objects, verbal imaging and an architectural model of 97 Orchard. These private group programs are only available for groups of five or more, and must be booked in advance by contacting our Education Assistant.
The Tenement Museum's deaf educator, Alexandria Wailes leads Tour the Building programs with advanced notice. If you have a group of five or more individuals, schedule a group ASL tour by contacting ourEducation Assistant.
Private tours for visitors on the autism spectrum and their families are available with at least two weeks advanced notice for Tour the Building programs. These tours can take place on Monday, Tuesday, or Sunday before the museum opens or after the final public tour departs to ensure there are fewer people in our small space. Find out what else to expect here. To book this private tour, please call 212-431-0233 x. 273 or e-mail


A deaf educator will lead tours, with no spoken English translation. Each tour is an hour and a half long, followed by a reception featuring local Lower East Side foods.
All are welcome, but space is limited, so reservations are required.
Tickets are made available one month prior to each event.
To make a reservation, email, or call 877-975-3786

Contact Ellysheva Zeira via phone at 212-431-0233 ext 273 or via email at
Mon., February 9th
Irish Outsiders Tour

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 +
Mon., April 6th
Hard Times Tour

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 +
Mon., June 8th
Shop Life Tour

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+