Building Tours

Building tours explore historically restored apartments and discover how immigrants and migrants lived here in the 19th and 20th centuries. Along with a glimpse of the past, visitors glean insights from educators who offer historical perspectives that relate to current conversations about immigration.

We are offering building tours to small groups Thursdays through Mondays. Proof of COVID-19 vaccination is required before taking an indoor tour for all visitors ages 12 and up. For children under 12, we suggest Meet Victoria at Play: 1916, which takes place outdoors in the rear yard. The safety of our staff and our visitors are of the utmost importance. Please take a look at our COVID-19 Safety Guidelines and available tours below.


Vaccine Required, Apartment Tours

Hard Times: 1880s

Visit the tenement apartment of Natalie Gumpertz and her daughters, and the saloon run downstairs by John and Caroline Schneider.

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Vaccine Required, Apartment Tours

Day in the Life: 1933

This combination building and walking tour invites you into the world of the Baldizzi family during the Great Depression.

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Vaccine Required, Apartment Tours

Day in the Life: 1911

Explore the story of the Rogarshevsky family by taking a journey through the Lower East Side and visiting their 1911 recreated home in 97 Orchard Street.

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Vaccine Required, Apartment Tours

Cultural Crossroads: 1960s

Explore the stories of the Saez Velez and Wong families, who lived in the tenement at 103 Orchard Street as neighbors in the 1960s and 1970s.

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Vaccine Required, Apartment Tours

Finding Home: 1950s

Visit the tenement homes of the Epstein and Saez Velez families in the 1950s and 1960s.

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Kid Friendly, Apartment Tours

Meet Victoria at Play: 1916

Journey back in time to 1916 to interact with an actor playing Victoria Confino, a real 14-year-old girl who immigrated to the United States in 1913. You’ll...

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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.

Can’t visit in person? Visit our Virtual Experiences page to learn more about our ticketed virtual tours, private virtual events, free public events, and virtual field trips for students.

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.

If you or anyone in your party are unable to comply with the above safety guidelines or have experienced any of the listed Covid-19 symptoms within 14 days of your visit please contact the Visitor Services staff at [email protected]. Due to the direct threat of Covid-19, the museum reserves the right to refuse service to anyone who does not follow the above stated guidelines.

An inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public place where people are present. COVID-19 is an extremely contagious disease that can lead to severe illness and death. By visiting the Tenement Museum you voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19.