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
Proof of full COVID-19 vaccination, two weeks out from last dose, is required before taking a tour for all visitors ages 5+. Per New York City mandate, children under 5 can attend a neighborhood walking tour, as long as they are accompanied by a vaccinated adult. Visitors who are not vaccinated, partially vaccinated, or are unable to be vaccinated can visit us virtually through our virtual programs and events.

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

School Group Rates

K-12 Students

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

Apartment Tours

Interactive building tours tell the stories of im/migrant families that lived at 97 Orchard Street. Educators use storytelling, activities, and objects to engage with history.

Brown vanity dresser with family objects displayed in the recreated Baldizzi family parlor inside 97 Orchard Street

Hard Times | Grades 1-12

See how life at 97 Orchard Street differed for a family in the 1870s and a family during the 1930s. As students explore the Gumpertz and Baldizzi apartments, they learn how families cope with hard times and who they can turn to for help.

Capacity: up to 30 persons

Available through April 2022

Sweatshop Workers | Grades 1-12

Visit the homes of two families who lived at 97 Orchard Street during the high levels of im/migration in the early 20th century. Learn about the jobs the Levine and Rogarshevsky families found in the garment industry and how work influences a family home, cultural traditions, and social lives.

Capacity: up to 30 persons

Available through April 2022

A diverse class of 31 students and one teacher pose for a photo.

Under One Roof  | Grades 1-12

This tour is approximately 90 minutes long.
Discover stories of Lower East Side arrivals who lived at 103 Orchard Street in the 1950s through the 1980s and worked in the neighborhood’s garment industry. Visit the homes of the Saez Velez, Wong, and Epstein families, who came to New York seeking new opportunities.

Capacity: up to 30 persons

Available through April 2022

Meet Victoria  | Grades K-12

Journey back in time to 1916 for an immersive experience with an actor playing Victoria Confino, a real teenager who immigrated to the United States in 1913. Explore her family’s recreated tenement apartment and learn about Victoria’s experiences as a young immigrant in New York City.

Capacity: up to 30 persons

Available through April 2022

Neighborhood Walking Tours

Neighborhood walking tours explore the Lower East Side and uncover the history and culture of the city streets. Walking tours take place outside (rain or shine) and do not enter the tenement buildings.

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

Outside the Home | Grades 5-12

Investigate communal spaces and places central to im/migrant life a century ago. Sites include the towering Jarmulowsky Bank building, where im/migrants deposited (and eventually lost) their life savings; the Jewish Daily Forward building, where socialists fought for worker rights; and PS 42, where generations of immigrants went to school.

Capacity: up to 30 persons

Available through April 2022