Neighborhood Walking Tours

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

We are offering Lower East Side walking tours Thursdays through Mondays. Tours are available for both individual ticket holders or private groups. 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.

The Museum Shop is opened every Thursday through Monday from 10:30 am to 5:30 pm!


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

Outside the Home

Step into the past and walk in the footsteps of immigrants to discover the neighborhood landmarks of their lives on the Lower East Side.

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The Grand Street Guild and Saint Marys Church
Kid Friendly, Neighborhood Walking Tours

Building on the Lower East Side

Explore the architecture of the Lower East Side to discover how people and communities have shaped the streetscape over the last 200 years.

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Kid Friendly, Neighborhood Walking Tours

Reclaiming Black Spaces

In our newest walking tour, discover what drew Black New Yorkers to Lower Manhattan, and how their experiences were shaped by that migration.

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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.

About Walking Tours

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.