The Lower East Side Tenement Museum tells the stories of those who lived in the tenement building at 97 Orchard Street. Since its construction in 1863, the tenement building has housed nearly 7,000 tenants. All of the tenants were working class immigrants who came to the United States in pursuit of a better life for themselves. The tenants came from over 20 different countries.
The mission of the Tenement Museum is to preserve stories about immigration and the struggles of immigrants. To exhibit immigration stories, the museum relies on the surrounding area of the Lower East Side and its iconic history.
Visitors can only access the museum by way of a guided tour. This, however, is the best way for visitors to learn about those who lived in the tenant building. Tour guides take visitors into the preserved apartment and immerse them in its rich history. Visitors can see where and how the immigrants lived and learn about their daily struggles. Visitors can also choose to go on a walking tour to learn about life for immigrants on the Lower East Side and how it might have changed today.