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DAYTIME GROUPS

Groups of 15 or more receive discounted rates for adult, senior and student tickets. Group visits are scheduled throughout the day from 10am-6pm. Advanced reservations are required.

PROGRAMS

TOUR THE BUILDING

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.

Capacity: 15-45 persons.

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.

Capacity: 15-45 persons.

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.

Capacity: 15-24 persons.

Tour and Discussion

Tour and Discussion programs are available for our Hard Times, Sweatshop Workers, and Irish Outsiders tours. Groups can spend extended time in the family apartments and join in on a discussion about themes arising from the tour.

Capacity: 15-30 persons.

Shop Life

Family-run stores filled the lower level of 97 Orchard for over a century. Visit the 1870s German saloon of John and Caroline Schneider, and use interactive technology to trace the stories of turn-of-the-century kosher butchers Israel and Goldie Lustgarten, 1930s auctioneer Max Marcus, and 1970s undergarment discounters Frances and Sidney Media.

Capacity: 15-30 persons.

WALK THE NEIGHBORHOOD

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." This tour does not enter any buildings.

Capacity: 15-50 persons.

Then and 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. This tour does not enter any buildings.

Capacity: 15-50 persons.

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 cuisine. This tour does not enter any buildings.

Capacity: 15-36 persons.

MEET THE RESIDENTS

Victoria Confino

Drop in on 14-year-old Victoria Confino, who lived in the tenement in 1916, to hear about the immigrant experience in a more intimate setting. Tour her apartment, ask her questions about her life, and get a unique perspective on adjusting to life on the Lower East Side.

Capacity: 15-30 persons.

Tenement Inspectors

Step into the dark corners and cramped spaces of 97 Orchard Street. The year is 1906, and visitors meet the landlord and a resident to learn firsthand about the realities of tenement life on the Lower East Side. Who is responsible for providing a safe and healthy home? Everything may not be as it seems.

Capacity: 15-26 persons.