Tenement Museum

103 Orchard Street

The Tenement Museum's mission is "to promote tolerance and historical perspective through the presentation and interpretation of the variety of immigrant and migrant experiences on Manhattan's Lower East Side, a gateway to America." The heart of ... more

The Tenement Museum's mission is "to promote tolerance and historical perspective through the presentation and interpretation of the variety of immigrant and migrant experiences on Manhattan's Lower East Side, a gateway to America." The heart of the Museum is the tenement at 97 Orchard Street. Located on Manhattan's Lower East Side, 97 Orchard was home to an estimated 7,000 people from over 20 nations from 1863 to 1935. In 1998, President Clinton and the United States Congress designated the Museum a National Historic Area affiliated with the National Park Service. 97 Orchard Street had been named a National Historic Landmark and a featured property of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Visitors to the Tenement Museum tour carefully restored tenement apartments and learn about the lives of actual past residents: the Gumpertz family, German Jews (1870s), the Rogarshevsky family, Eastern European Jews (1900s), the Baldizzi family, Italian Catholics (1930s), and the Moores, Irish Catholics (1860s). A living history program for children and families focuses on the Confinos, Sephardic Jews from Turkey (1916). Please note that all tours begin at the Visitors Center... more

The Tenement Museum's mission is "to promote tolerance and historical perspective through the presentation and interpretation of the variety of immigrant and migrant experiences on Manhattan's Lower East Side, a gateway to America."

The heart of the Museum is the tenement at 97 Orchard Street. Located on Manhattan's Lower East Side, 97 Orchard was home to an estimated 7,000 people from over 20 nations from 1863 to 1935. In 1998, President Clinton and the United States Congress designated the Museum a National Historic Area affiliated with the National Park Service. 97 Orchard Street had been named a National Historic Landmark and a featured property of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

Visitors to the Tenement Museum tour carefully restored tenement apartments and learn about the lives of actual past residents: the Gumpertz family, German Jews (1870s), the Rogarshevsky family, Eastern European Jews (1900s), the Baldizzi family, Italian Catholics (1930s), and the Moores, Irish Catholics (1860s). A living history program for children and families focuses on the Confinos, Sephardic Jews from Turkey (1916).

Please note that all tours begin at the Visitors Center & Tenement Shop located at 103 Orchard Street (between Delancey & Broome Streets).

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Lower East Side Description

Tenement Museum is located in the Lower East Side neighborhood of Manhattan. While this could apply to most neighborhoods in this guide, the Lower East Side might be the best example yet of an area that was once down-at-the-heels, full of recent immigrants striving towards the American dream and long-time residents just trying to make ends meet, and is now as expensive as anywhere else in Manhattan, filled to the gills on weekends with the bridge-and-tunnel crowd looking to eat fancy and party hard.

The Lower East Side is boxed in between Alphabet City and Chinatown and between Little Italy, Nolita, and the East Rive, running roughing south from Delancey Street to FDR Drive and from the East River west to Allen Street. In the last 150 years, the Lower East Side has been populated by successive waves of lower-income German, Irish, and Jewish immigrants, and has seen extensive immigration of Chinese and Latin populations in recent decades. Although the well-known Tenement Museum on Orchard Street chronicles the historically difficult, even squalid, conditions in the neighborhood’s tenements, rents have risen to four, six, even eight times what they were just five years ago. Today, Ludlow and Orchard Streets reflect the newest wave of immigrants: the dot-com and downtown crowd. In fact, an unbelievable array of new boutiques, restaurants, stores, fabulous bars and music clubs compete with the area’s long-established tailors, fabric dealers, button wholesalers, religious artifact suppliers, pickle vendors, and Kosher wine distributors.

The neighborhood’s crowded parks and outdoor recreation areas reflect the pastiche of New York’s ethnically diverse groups, especially in summer, and a dizzying array of music from around the world can be heard literally on every corner. Take a stroll around to see some of the city’s oldest synagogues, famous delicatessens, shopping streets, and hang out with the hippest crowds.

Art enthusiasts will be interested to know that the mother lode of art galleries in New York's Chelsea neighborhood has seen tectonic shifts, albeit slowly, to the Lower East Side, with trendy smaller new galleries popping up here and there. Many attribute this gallery migration to the Lower East Side to the presence of the New Museum of Contemporary Art on the Bowery, the first art museum ever constructed from the ground up in this neighborhood.

Nightlife on the Lower East Side, especially on the weekends, is always rocking, with almost as many people cruising its narrow streets as there are inside its numerous bars, restaurants and live music venues. Up and coming alternative rock bands play at Bowery Ballroom on Delancey Street and Mercury Lounge on East Houston Street, while lesser known acts perform at smaller venues, such as the performance space in Pianos and the Living Room on Ludlow Street, or by booking Arlene's Grocery on Stanton Street.

If you're looking to grab a bite to eat before concert-hoping from venue to venue, try Apizz, which features great Southern Italian cuisine and Prune, which is renowned for its fine American dining.

The Lower East Side is definitely moving upwardly in its hotel and real estate offerings. The growth of this neighborhood has brought several new luxury boutique hotels, including Hotel On Rivington and the deluxe boutique Blue Moon Hotel on Orchard Street.

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103 Orchard Street
New York, NY 10002
(212) 431-0233
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Admission And Tickets

$25 - Adults
$20 - Students & Seniors
Members: Free

This Week's Hours

To visit the Museum, you must take part in one of their many tours. Not all tours are offered every day. Consult www.tenement.org for details.
Tours run daily from 10:00am-6:00pm

The Tenement Shop is located within the Visitors Center and operates during the same hours.
Mon-Fri: 11am-6pm
Sat&Sun: 10:45am-6pm

Nearby Subway

  • to Essex St
  • to Delancey St -- 0.1

Upcoming Events

The Moore Family Tour

Experience the heart of the immigrant saga through the music of Irish America, then tour the restored home of the Moore family, Irish-Catholic immigrants coping with the death of a child in 1869. Compare the Moore's struggle to keep their family healthy with that of the Katz family, Russian-Jewish i... [ + ]mmigrants who left their “mark” on our building in the 1930s.

First tour at 10:15am, last tour at 5pm, 7 days a week.

This tour lasts 60 minutes
Recommended for ages 12 & up.
This tour goes to the 4th Floor: 61 steps up, 53 down

05/23/2019 10:00 AM
Thu, May 23
10:00AM
$
$25 - Adults
$20 - Students & Seniors
Members: Free

The Moore Family Tour

Experience the heart of the immigrant saga through the music of Irish America, then tour the restored home of the Moore family, Irish-Catholic immigrants coping with the death of a child in 1869. Compare the Moore's struggle to keep their family healthy with that of the Katz family, Russian-Jewish i... [ + ]mmigrants who left their “mark” on our building in the 1930s.

First tour at 10:15am, last tour at 5pm, 7 days a week.

This tour lasts 60 minutes
Recommended for ages 12 & up.
This tour goes to the 4th Floor: 61 steps up, 53 down

05/24/2019 10:00 AM
Fri, May 24
10:00AM
$
$25 - Adults
$20 - Students & Seniors
Members: Free

The Moore Family Tour

Experience the heart of the immigrant saga through the music of Irish America, then tour the restored home of the Moore family, Irish-Catholic immigrants coping with the death of a child in 1869. Compare the Moore's struggle to keep their family healthy with that of the Katz family, Russian-Jewish i... [ + ]mmigrants who left their “mark” on our building in the 1930s.

First tour at 10:15am, last tour at 5pm, 7 days a week.

This tour lasts 60 minutes
Recommended for ages 12 & up.
This tour goes to the 4th Floor: 61 steps up, 53 down

05/25/2019 10:00 AM
Sat, May 25
10:00AM
$
$25 - Adults
$20 - Students & Seniors
Members: Free

The Moore Family Tour

Experience the heart of the immigrant saga through the music of Irish America, then tour the restored home of the Moore family, Irish-Catholic immigrants coping with the death of a child in 1869. Compare the Moore's struggle to keep their family healthy with that of the Katz family, Russian-Jewish i... [ + ]mmigrants who left their “mark” on our building in the 1930s.

First tour at 10:15am, last tour at 5pm, 7 days a week.

This tour lasts 60 minutes
Recommended for ages 12 & up.
This tour goes to the 4th Floor: 61 steps up, 53 down

05/26/2019 10:00 AM
Sun, May 26
10:00AM
$
$25 - Adults
$20 - Students & Seniors
Members: Free
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