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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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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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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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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Baldizzi living room
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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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The Confino kitchen at 97 Orchard.
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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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97 Orchard Street building front in present day
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Exploring 97 Orchard Street

Explore an entire tenement building in one tour! Go behind the scenes at the Tenement Museum for an in-depth architectural experience.

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Photo of government agents with face masks during the flu epidemic of 1918
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Life and Death at the Tenement

Explore themes of disease, medicine, immigration, and reform in the lives of the former residents of the Museum's two tenement buildings.

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Tenement Bedrooms

Take an intimate look at the most private space of a home: the bedroom, which holds the stories of childbirth, contraception, and everything in between.

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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.

Live! at Schneider’s Saloon

In this interactive program, meet John and Caroline Schneider, the married proprietors of 97 Orchard Street’s first business — a lager beer saloon.


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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.