COVID-19 Health & Safety Measures

We look forward to welcoming you to the Tenement Museum. While the Tenement Apartments tours are temporarily closed to the public, we are excited to offer guided walking tours of our beloved Lower East Side to single household groups (8 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.

By purchasing a walking 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 on outdoor walking tours.

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.

Temperature check.

All visitors are required to have their temperatures checked prior to entering the building or joining a walking tour. If you receive a reading of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or higher, we will ask you to visit another day.

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.

Walking tours admission.

All visitors, including members, must purchase or reserve tickets more than 24 hours in advance. No walk-up tickets will be available at this time. Tickets are available for purchase in advance 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 and to be outside without access to climate controlled spaces for a majority of your visit.

For more information about Covid-19, check the CDC website.

For more information on CDC-recommended face coverings, click here.

The Tenement Museum reserves the right to refuse or revoke the admission of any visitor whose conduct violates these guidelines. Please contact Visitor Services at [email protected] if you have any questions or concerns relating to your visit.

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]. Due to the direct threat of Covid-19, the museum reserves the right to refuse service to anyone who does not follow the above stated guidelines.

An inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public place where people are present. COVID-19 is an extremely contagious disease that can lead to severe illness and death. By visiting the Tenement Museum you voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19.