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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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  • This was my favorite part of my recent trip to New York. They have done an amazing job of preserving a part of history that could easily be lost. Our educator was knowledgeable and the tour was... 
    This was my favorite part of my recent trip to New York. They have done an amazing job of preserving a part of history that could easily be lost. Our educator was knowledgeable and the tour was...  more »
  • My wife and I recently visited the Tenement Museum on our 2nd anniversary trip to NYC, and we are super glad we did. The gift shop was well stocked with relevant material, and the tour we did... 
    My wife and I recently visited the Tenement Museum on our 2nd anniversary trip to NYC, and we are super glad we did. The gift shop was well stocked with relevant material, and the tour we did...  more »
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  • Wonderful experience! We chose the “Finding Home” tour and we were lucky enough to be only my family and I with the guide (amazing by the way, shout-out to you Stefania!) The experience is super interesting and well thought out: by listening to the character’s story each tour is about, we travel in time and learn about an entire community’s evolution = NYC immigration history. I highly recommend visiting the Tenement Museum! The bookshop is amazing too :)
  • We took the Hard Times 1880 Tenement Tour which was about 1.5 hrs. long. I ended up mixing up our reservations and switching our times twice on the phone but they were very tolerant and helpful, and the staff at the location were great as well. Everything was well organized. The building and tour is just as billed: you get to walk through and see tenement rooms just as they were in the past on a guided tour. The guide was very knowledgeable and interactive. She took the approach of following the lives of 2 residents through their lives as we moved through the rooms of the building. Toward the end I was a little tired of hearing about them but that approach did provide a good way to organize the tour and provide a lot of information. All in all a good opportunity to be entertained with facts and stories about life in New York from the1860s on to modern times.

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