COVID-19 Health & Safety Measures

We look forward to welcoming you to the Tenement Museum. We are excited to offer both guided tours inside our historic tenement buildings (6 people max) and walking tours of our beloved Lower East Side (15 people max). Below are the visitor COVID-19 safety guidelines to help orient you before you arrive and ensure you get the most out of your experience.

All visitors attending tours inside the Tenement Museum’s historic buildings will need to show proof of full vaccination or a negative COVID test taken no more than 72 hours prior to their scheduled visit. More details are included below.

The Museum’s COVID guidelines apply to all visitors, regardless of vaccination status.

By purchasing a tour at the Tenement Museum, you agree to abide by these policies. To ensure that we are providing a safe environment for all, the Museum has the following protocols in place:

CDC-recommended face coverings are required for all visitors and staff at all times.

CDC guidelines advise that face coverings should reach above the nose, below the chin, and completely cover the mouth and nostrils, fitting snugly against the side of the face. See below for more information.

Wash hands and use hand sanitizer regularly during your visit.

Help prevent the spread of germs by washing your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Restrooms and sanitizing stations will be available before and after your tour.

Social distancing is required at all times.

Visitors and staff must keep at least 6 feet from others.

Stay home if you are feeling sick or symptomatic.

Please do not visit the museum if you or anyone in your party have experienced any symptoms related to Covid-19 in the past 14 days. Staff will be performing self-health checks before coming into work.

Listen to your educator.

Tenement Museum staff must enforce these guidelines to ensure the safety of everyone on our tours. Please make sure to follow their directions.

Tours admission.

All visitors, including members, are encouraged to purchase or reserve tickets more than 24 hours in advance. Tickets are available for purchase online and via email at [email protected]

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Enhanced cleaning and disinfecting practices.

The Tenement Museum has established a more frequent cleaning routine that includes enhanced cleaning of restrooms throughout the day and the installation of hand-sanitizer stations throughout the Museum.

Have a happy and healthy tour experience.

Bring water, hand sanitizer, tissues, and a spare mask with you. Be prepared to stand or walk for 1 hour with limited access to climate controlled spaces.

Vaccination/COVID Test Requirements for Indoor Tours

All visitors attending tours inside the Tenement Museum’s historic buildings (Day in the Life: 1911, Cultural Crossroads, and Finding Home) will need to show proof of full vaccination or a negative COVID test taken at least 72 hours prior to their scheduled visit .

  • For Vaccination: The museum is following the CDC guidance about the definition of “full vaccination” status, which is two weeks after an individual’s last dose of the vaccine cycle (either one dose or a two-dose cycle). For more information on vaccination please see the CDC guidance Visitors can show a physical vaccination card or digital app/certificate. NY State residents are encouraged to use the Excelsior Pass.
  • For Negative COVID Test: Visitors on building tours can as an alternative to full vaccination status show proof of a negative COVID test taken no more than 72 hours prior to their scheduled visit. Visitors can show a physical or digital copy of negative test results


Visitors should be prepared to show a photo ID that corresponds with the name on their vaccination card or test results.

Children under the age of 6 are not allowed on tours inside the historic buildings. Visitors with children under the age of 6 should schedule a visit to the museum by taking an outdoor walking tour or virtual tour.

If you have questions, please email [email protected] or call 1-877-975-3786. We will get back to you within one business day.

The Tenement Museum reserves the right to refuse or revoke the admission of any visitor whose conduct violates these guidelines. If you or anyone in your party are unable to comply with the above safety guidelines or have experienced any of the listed COVID-19 symptoms within 14 days of your visit please contact the Visitor Services staff at [email protected]. By visiting the Tenement Museum you voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19.

For more information about COVID-19 and CDC-recommended face coverings, check the CDC website.