Tenement Apartment Tours

Apartment tours explore historically restored tenement buildings and discover how immigrants 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.

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Baldizzi living room
Apartment Tours

Hard Times

Find inspiration in the resilience of two families as they confront economic struggles — the Gumpertzes in the 1870s, and the Baldizzis in the Great...

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Recreated Rogarshevsky Parlor inside 97 Orchard Street
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Sweatshop Workers

Meet two families who made their living in the turn-of-the-century garment trade, discovering how they wove together work, family, culture, and religion.

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1869 kitchen inside the recreated Moore family apartment
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Irish Outsiders

Explore discrimination, cultural pride, and identity through the story of the Moore family, and visit their recreated 1869 home inside 97 Orchard Street.

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Wheelchair Accessible
Apartment Tours

Shop Life

Visit a recreated 1870s lager beer saloon and the apartment of its proprietors as well as an interactive multimedia exhibit exploring past 97 Orchard shops.

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Wheelchair Accessible
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Under One Roof

Discover stories of Lower East Side arrivals who lived at 103 Orchard Street in the 1950s through the 1980s and worked in the neighborhood's garment industry.

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The Confino kitchen at 97 Orchard.
Apartment Tours, Experiences

Victoria Confino

Travel back to 1916 with a costumed actor playing the role of 14-year-old immigrant, Victoria Confino, a former resident of 97 Orchard Street.

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Related Experiences


LIVE! At the Tenement

Experience daily life at 97 Orchard Street by interacting with actors portraying members of the Moore(1868), Levine (1898), and Baldizzi (1935) families.

Tenement Inspectors

Step into 1906 to meet the landlord and a resident of 97 Orchard Street to learn firsthand about the realities of tenement life on the Lower East Side.


Last Call! At Schneider’s Saloon

Meet John and Caroline Schneider, the married proprietors of 97 Orchard Street’s first, and longest-lived business.

Exploring 97 Orchard Street

Explore the layers of history found at 97 Orchard Street’s and discover how the landlords and tenants left their mark on the building.

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The Stories of 97 Orchard Street

97 Orchard Street is a historic tenement that was home to an estimated 7,000 people from over 20 nations between 1863 and 1935.

The Stories of 103 Orchard Street

Over its 127 years as a residence, 103 Orchard Street was home to more than 10,000 people who reflected the diverse immigrant populations of the Lower East Side.