Neighborhood Walking Tours

Walking tours at the Tenement Museum offer locals and visitors the opportunity to explore the often-forgotten places, unexplored spaces, and the many histories of migration over centuries on New York’s Lower East Side. Get to know the city by visiting historical sites and learning about the people and neighborhoods that made New York City what it is today.

Tours are available for both individual ticket holders and private groups.

Masking is required on all indoor tours and in the Visitor Center. Children under 5 can attend a neighborhood walking tour or virtual programs and events.

Please take a look at our COVID-19 Safety Guidelines and available tours below.


Neighborhood Walking Tours

Day in the Life: 1911

Walk the same streets as the Rogarshevsky family did in 1911 before visiting their recreated tenement apartment exhibit at the Manny Cantor Center. Explore the neighborhood through their eyes as they balanced tradition, work, and fun on the Jewish LES.

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Historic photo of the Forward Building on the Lower East Side
Neighborhood Walking Tours

Outside the Home

Discover how Lower East Siders shaped and were shaped by their neighborhood over the 19th and early 20th Centuries. From stores to parks, movie theaters to schools, discover how these spaces became important cultural centers.

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The Grand Street Guild and Saint Marys Church
Neighborhood Walking Tours

Building on the Lower East Side

Explore how architects, activists, civic agents, and everyday people have influenced the very landscape of the neighborhood and uncover the stories of the Lower East Side. Learn about early pre-tenement homes and the modernist urban renewal of the 1950s.

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Neighborhood Walking Tours

Reclaiming Black Spaces

From the story of Sebastiaen de Britto, one of the first Black residents of the area in the 1640s, to Studio We, a musician’s collective in the 1970s, we’ll look through windows into the past that expand the history of today’s Lower East Side.

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COVID-19 Health & Safety Measures

Please make sure you read through the visitor COVID-19 safety guidelines to help orient you before you arrive and ensure you get the most out of your experience.

A Perfect Gift For Everyone

Give the gift of history! Tenement Museum Gift Cards can be used for tour tickets, a new Museum membership, donations, and purchases from the Museum Shop.


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.