Tour of the Tenement Museum

Join us for an opportunity to tour the Tenement Museum at the group admission rate of $16 (individual visitors pay $22+$2.50 surcharge). The museum is located on Manhattan’s Lower East Side at 97 Orchard Street. Orchard Street has a vibrant immigrant history. In 1903, this square block between Delancey and Broom was the most crowded section of the most densely-populated city on earth.

Constructed by German immigrant Lukas Glockner in 1863, the tenement was home to an estimated 7,000 people from more than 20 nations between 1863 and 1935. The museum recreates apartments of real-life tenants including the Gumpertz, Rogarshevsky, Confino Baldizzi, Levine, and Moore families. The museum can only be visited as part of a guided tour.

Museum tours offer evocative interpretative experience that engages visitors in the lives of real people and connects their stories to present-day immigration debates and issues.

We will attend “Hard Times" and discover how immigrants survived economic depressions at 97 Orchard Street between 1863 and 1935. The tour will last one hour and will take us through the restored homes of the German-Jewish Gumpertz family, whose patriarch disappeared during the Panic of 1873, and the Italian-Catholic Baldizzi family, who lived through the Great Depression.

After the tour, we may explore one of the brunch spots in this trendy and full of history neighborhood.

Admission and deadline:

In order to secure your place on the tour please RSVP and pay $16. Please note that the group size is limited.

Meet us:

We will meet at 9:45 A.M. at the Visitor Center and Museum Shop at 103 Orchard Street (the corner of Delancey Street).

How to get there:

B or D to Grand Street
Exit at Grand and Chrystie. Walk east (away from Bowery) on Grand Street for four blocks. Take a left at Orchard Street and walk north for two blocks to the Museum Shop 103 Orchard Street.
F to Delancey Street or the J, M or Z to Essex Street
Once you get off any of these subways, walk two blocks away from the Williamsburg Bridge (west) on Delancey Street to Orchard Street, turn left and walk 1/2 block south to the
M15 Buses
These buses stop at the corner of Grand and Allen Streets. Exit the bus and walk one block east to Orchard Street. Then walk one 1/2 block north towards Delancey Street.



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  • Jon

    A bit abbreviated. But, then, the tenement itself did as much to convey an understanding of the predicament of living there as much as the guide did.

    November 17, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'll see this next time around. Unfortunately, I was sick for this tour and therefore stayed back.

    November 17, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I have a set of grandparents and a parent who occupied the Lower East Side during tenement times. I look forward to learning more than I already know.

    November 12, 2012

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