Plan a School Visit Onsite

Through interactive tours of the tenement buildings and Lower East Side neighborhood, students investigate universal themes of cultural identity, discrimination, and human rights. All programs are led by skilled Educators who engage students in activities, storytelling, and conversation to connect their experiences to the past.  All programs are aligned with the National Education Standards, the C3 framework, and multi-state Social Studies Scope and Sequence.

COVID-19 Guidelines Masking is required on all indoor tours and in the Visitor Center.

School Group Rates

K-12 Students

Groups of 2-15 $300
Groups of 16-30 $600
Groups of 31-45 $900

Please note:

  • Chaperones | Adult chaperones are required for every group and are included in the attendee count.
  • Pricing | Pricing is the same for all K-12 groups, including Title 1 schools, for onsite visitation in 2022.

To make a reservation, please complete the school group request form or contact us:

Costumed interpreter experiences are available on a limited basis.

After submitting your request online or through email, our Guest Services staff will help determine what program is best for your students based on what they’re learning in class.

A line of open shops and a few people passing by in front of 97 Orchard Street in 1940

Apartment Tours

Interactive apartment tours invite students to explore historically recreated spaces in restored tenement buildings and discover how im/migrants experienced life in these homes and built communities here in the 19th and 20th centuries. Tours are guided by Educators who use storytelling, activities, and objects to engage with history.

Currently Available Programs:

  • 100 Years Apart
  • Finding Home
  • Exploring a Tenement:1902
  • Exploring a Tenement:1933


Shoppers on a busy street buying food and browsing other items being sold in pushcarts and stalls

Neighborhood Walking Tours

Discover the city by visiting historical sites in the dynamic and ever-changing Lower East Side and learn about the people and neighborhoods that made New York City what it is today. Walking tours take place outside (rain or shine) and do not enter the tenement buildings.

Currently Available Programs:

  • Outside the Home
  • Day in the Life: 1911


Confino family photo portrait with a young Victoria Confino

Costumed Interpreter Programs

Students meet interpreters portraying actual residents and hear first-hand about their experiences. Ask Victoria and Bridget questions and hear stories about their homes, their journey to the United States, and what life was like on the Lower East Side as an immigrant in the 19th and 20th centuries.

Currently Available Programs:

  • Meet Victoria
  • Meet Bridget – Coming in Spring 2023