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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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  • Really enjoyed this. It wasn't just walking through apartment mock-ups-- it was sitting down and talking about real people who had lived there and what their lives had been like. Kept us engaged and.....  more
    Really enjoyed this. It wasn't just walking through apartment mock-ups-- it was sitting down and talking about real people who had lived there and what their lives had been like. Kept us engaged and.....  more »
  • The first apartment was interesting and our tour guide, Ruth was knowledgeable. The second part we’re they tell you about the Wong’s and their huge apartment but only show you the daughters bedroom... 
    The first apartment was interesting and our tour guide, Ruth was knowledgeable. The second part we’re they tell you about the Wong’s and their huge apartment but only show you the daughters bedroom...  more »
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  • Extremely interesting museum. Tour was fascinating and going through the old tenement building dynamite. Very good bookstore and the movie that runs on a loop was very interesting. Would’ve given five stars except the staff working there were kind of snippety and they didn’t allow any photographs in the tenement building tour. Why? I have no idea!
  • I cannot say enough good things about this place! The reconstructed spaces and knowledgeable and passionate staff really brought history to life in a unique and tangible way. I loved it so much that I returned for the second tour. I hope other places in the world use this as a model. What a treasure!

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