Building Tours

Hard Times: 1880s

Step into the community of Little Germany in the 1880s, one of the earliest immigrant neighborhood in the United States. On this tour, you’ll visit the tenement apartment of Natalie Gumpertz and her daughters, and the saloon run downstairs by John and Caroline SchneiderWhat challenges did they have to overcome as tenement residents, small business owners, and German immigrants? How did they form community across religious, political and social differences?  

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

Hard Times: 1880s

Step into the community of Little Germany in the 1880s, one of the earliest immigrant neighborhood in the United States. On this tour, you’ll visit the tenement apartment of Natalie Gumpertz and her daughters, and the saloon run downstairs by John and Caroline SchneiderWhat challenges did they have to overcome as tenement residents, small business owners, and German immigrants? How did they form community across religious, political and social differences?  

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, Ground Floor & 2nd Floor (no elevator or lift access on this tour)
Tour Duration
60 minutes
Recommended ages
Ages 12 +

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

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Ticket Price

Hard Times: 1880s is offered Thursdays through Mondays, and tickets are available to purchase three to five weeks in advance.

Tickets:

Adults $30
Seniors $30
Students $30
Members Free

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You can host a private tour for a small group at a flat rate of $360 (Monday – Friday between 10 am – 5 pm) and $450 outside of business hours and on weekends and holidays. Members receive a 15% discount. Inquire here.

Proof of vaccination is required for this tour

Please follow our COVID-19 Safety Guidelines

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