Apartment Tours, Experiences

Life and Death at the Tenement

The threat of contagious disease has often touched Orchard Street. Visit two buildings to explore personal stories of three health emergencies: tuberculosis in the 1860s, the 1918 influenza pandemic, and HIV/AIDS in the 1980s. Understand the impact each disease had on the community and on individual families. Discuss the responses from the medical profession, government agencies, and the media — from generating hysteria to providing help. This tour is part of the Wellcome Trust’s Contagious Cities project  www.wellcome.ac.uk/contagiouscities. Tickets for Life and Death at the Tenement are $28 for adults, $23 for students & seniors.

Life and Death at the Tenement is available on the first and third Thursday evening of every month. Please select a Thursday date using the availability search on this page.

Apartment Tours, Experiences

Life and Death at the Tenement

The threat of contagious disease has often touched Orchard Street. Visit two buildings to explore personal stories of three health emergencies: tuberculosis in the 1860s, the 1918 influenza pandemic, and HIV/AIDS in the 1980s. Understand the impact each disease had on the community and on individual families. Discuss the responses from the medical profession, government agencies, and the media — from generating hysteria to providing help. This tour is part of the Wellcome Trust’s Contagious Cities project  www.wellcome.ac.uk/contagiouscities. Tickets for Life and Death at the Tenement are $28 for adults, $23 for students & seniors.

Life and Death at the Tenement is available on the first and third Thursday evening of every month. Please select a Thursday date using the availability search on this page.

Tour type
Apartment Tours, Experiences
Tour Location
97 Orchard Street, 1st & 3rd Floors, 162 Steps
Tour Duration
1.5 Hours
Recommended ages
Ages 6 + Permitted
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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Accessibility Information

  • This tour visits four different floors, climbing multiple flights of stairs, in a series of small, low lit apartments. See building diagram.
  • This tour uses an outdoor stairwell with an open stair.
  • Limited seating will be available during this tour.
  • Assistive listening devices are available if requested.

 

For more information about accessibility at the Museum please visit the Accessibility at the Museum section.