Building Tours

Clairvoyant Tenement Housewives

Crystal balls, tarot cards, and palm readings have become as popular on Halloween as jack-o’-lanterns, skeletons, and black cats. But do you know the history behind them? In the early 20th century, they were common objects found in immigrant neighborhoods, where clairvoyants and mind readers worked from tenement apartments. Join us this Halloween season for a special tour of 97 Orchard Street to explore the culture of clairvoyants on the Lower East Side. The services they offered were especially helpful to the other immigrant women adapting to life in America, who were seeking advice on love, health, businesses, and more. One of these clairvoyants, Professor Dora Meltzer, operated out of 97 Orchard Street in the 1900s. Her handbill – found beneath the floorboards of the stairs – proclaimed her to be an “unexcelled Palmist” who could tell you your past, present, and future.

Schedule:

  • Thursday, October 28, 2021 at 5:30pm and 6:15pm
  • Friday, October 29, 2021 at 5:30pm and 6:15pm

 

Please note: Unvaccinated visitors, including children under the age of 12, are not allowed on tours inside the historic buildings, and should schedule a visit to the museum by taking Meet Victoria: 1916, an outdoor walking tour, or virtual tour.
Building Tours

Clairvoyant Tenement Housewives

Crystal balls, tarot cards, and palm readings have become as popular on Halloween as jack-o’-lanterns, skeletons, and black cats. But do you know the history behind them? In the early 20th century, they were common objects found in immigrant neighborhoods, where clairvoyants and mind readers worked from tenement apartments. Join us this Halloween season for a special tour of 97 Orchard Street to explore the culture of clairvoyants on the Lower East Side. The services they offered were especially helpful to the other immigrant women adapting to life in America, who were seeking advice on love, health, businesses, and more. One of these clairvoyants, Professor Dora Meltzer, operated out of 97 Orchard Street in the 1900s. Her handbill – found beneath the floorboards of the stairs – proclaimed her to be an “unexcelled Palmist” who could tell you your past, present, and future.

Schedule:

  • Thursday, October 28, 2021 at 5:30pm and 6:15pm
  • Friday, October 29, 2021 at 5:30pm and 6:15pm

 

Please note: Unvaccinated visitors, including children under the age of 12, are not allowed on tours inside the historic buildings, and should schedule a visit to the museum by taking Meet Victoria: 1916, an outdoor walking tour, or virtual tour.
Tour type
Building Tours
Tour Location
97 Orchard, 3rd Floor
Tour Duration
45 minutes
Recommended ages
Ages 12 +
Not recommended for visitors with mobility issues

Tickets are available at the Visitor Center on a first-come, first-serve basis.

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Schedule and Ticket Price

Clairvoyant Housewives will be held on Thursday, October 28 at 5:30pm and 6:15pm and Friday, October 29 at 5:30pm and 6:15pm.

Tickets

Adults $30
Senior $30
Student $30
Members $25

Proof of vaccination is required for this tour

Please follow our COVID-19 Safety Guidelines