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Lower East Side Tenement Museum

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91 Orchard Street New York NY 10002 USA


The tenement museum preserves and interprets the history of immigration through the personal experiences of the generations of newcomers who settled in and built lives on manhattan's lower east side, america's iconic immigrant neighborhood; forges emotional connections between visitors and immigrants past and present; and enhances appreciation for the profound role immigration has played and continues to play in shaping america's evolving national identity.


Public programs - tours and presentations to impart knowledge to the general public concerning the history of the emigration movement in america. Such knowledge is directly related to the purpose of the exempt activity - the operation of a historical museum. During the fiscal year ended 2014, 209,972 visitors toured the museum.

museum shop - the gift shop offers books, multimedia, museum products, gifts and toys that document and/or commemorate the immigrant experiences and the stories of life and historical perspectives of the lower east side.

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Rating: 5 stars  

8 people found this review helpful

I loved this wonderful museum tucked into the small Orchard Street setting in the lower east side of NYC. The tour shows you how Americans lived in times past under tough and crowded city conditions, with poor access to water and sanitation. The guides explain how policy changes were made as a result of these poor living conditions in America.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Before I ever visited the museum, I went to its Website and read the stories of each and every one of the families who lived in the tenement building over the years. Each had fascinating stories.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Open more of the apartments, which I know they are working on.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

It is easy to learn from this museum even when you are not physically present. Their speaker series offer terrific authors and the blog and Website keep you engaged.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

The staff at the Tenement were marvelous. Friendly, helpful and courteous, as well as knowledgeable about the history of the museum. Dedicated to keeping history alive.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Expand the number of tours and renovate more of the apartments for visitors, in addition to adding space for a gallery of immigrant art, books and photos. They could also increase speaker series.

Ways to make it better...

I had had more time to see more apartments. Each apartment is a separate tour.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Continued funding to insure success!

One thing I'd also say is that...

I love the museum's blog! I also like the discussions they hold following some of the tours.

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