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Tenement Museum, New York City

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To see America through the eyes of an immigrant living in New York about a century ago, visit Tenement Museum, a five-story brick building that once served as home to nearly 7,000 people from over 20 different nations. The museum promotes tolerance and provides a historical perspective on the immigrant experience, featuring exhibits built to depict the lives of those who lived here between 1869 and 1935. You can take a tour of the former tenement any day of the week, but to place the lives of immigrants in the broader context of the city's history, consider taking a walking tour of the entire neighborhood. Check online for availability, and take advantage of considerable savings by booking a combination tenement-neighborhood tour. To visit Tenement Museum and get the most from your holiday in New York City, create itinerary details personal to you using our New York City travel route planning tool.
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  • I enjoyed seeing the room we toured and learning about the family, but stretching the tour out for 75 minutes was painful. Some of our guide’s comments seemed condescending. Plus it felt like there... 
    I enjoyed seeing the room we toured and learning about the family, but stretching the tour out for 75 minutes was painful. Some of our guide’s comments seemed condescending. Plus it felt like there...  more »
  • Good experience and nice tour. I would not recommend for kids under age 12 as there were some in our group and they were bored and sat in the seats and made older adults stand. It was very... 
    Good experience and nice tour. I would not recommend for kids under age 12 as there were some in our group and they were bored and sat in the seats and made older adults stand. It was very...  more »
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  • Connecting to the past--New York City's and our (maybe your) family history. I did the Day in the Life 1911; viewed a restored tenement and an informative walking tour of the LES. Highly recommend this. Enjoyed the experience so I came back and did Finding Home which was also terrific. The tour guides are very good and well-informed. If you're to really get the most from your visit, I suggest making an effort to immerse in the storytelling and to engage with the tour--ask questions, share about yourself & your family history and where they're from. Allow yourself to be part of the story of these families by looking for points of connection. Discover how community and culture tethers migrants and immigrants to something enduring. Getting to know others on your tour may add to the experience, the sense of community in particular.
  • Very interesting and informative tour. I did the 1911 tour which was great. It was so interesting to see an apartment that was left as it was found in the 1980s and then the apartment set up to look as it did in 1911. I wish you could do more than one tour at a time. Staff was friendly and knowledgeable. Definitely worth seeing!

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