The Lower East Side Tenement Museum

Immersing into Immigrant History
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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.

Today, curators have carefully restored six apartments, which are all up for public view. The museum, however, continues to grow In addition to the tours, curators hold discussions, readings, and performances within the museum shop. Every year, 44,000 students visit the Lower East Side Tenement Museum.

Despite the already impressive visitor count, the tenement museum seeks to expand even more. It is going to restore other apartment buildings and create more exhibitions and expand more into classroom settings.

In addition to learning about the history of immigration in this neighborhood, the Lower East Side Tenement Museum also fosters love and appreciation for immigrants. It encourages visitors to empathize with their struggles and think about how they contribute and are affected today.

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103 Orchard St, New York, NY 10002


(212) 982-8420


Take the B or D subway lines to Grand Street or take the F subway line to Delancey Street or the J, M, or Z subway lines to Essex Street. Visitors can also take the M15 to the corner of Grand and Allen Streets.

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