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The holidays are a busy time for the Museum. We strongly recommend booking tickets in advance online or through our Call Center.

Tour

View the restored apartments of past residents from different time periods.

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HARD TIMES

HARD TIMES

Discover how immigrants survived economic depressions at 97 Orchard Street between 1863 and 1935. Visit 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.

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To enhance your visit, arrive 30 minutes before your tour to watch our original film, 'An American Story', in the theater at our Visitor Center.

Walk

Explore the Lower East Side and the American Immigrant Experience.

FOODS OF THE LOWER EAST SIDE

FOODS OF THE LOWER EAST SIDE

Taste dumplings, fried plantains, cream puffs and more while exploring the immigrant experience and some of the ways immigrant foods have shaped American food. Note: This tour does not enter any buildings, other than a short introduction and conclusion in our Visitors Center.

Limited Wheelchair Capacity
Call 1-877-97LESTM in advance for wheelchair tickets.

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Explore the neighborhood and continue the story! Take one of our walking tours in combination with a building tour and explore Lower East Side life -- past and present.

Meet

Visit a costumed interpreter playing a past resident of 97 Orchard Street.

Meet The Residents

TENEMENT INSPECTORS

TENEMENT INSPECTORS

Take on the role of housing inspectors in 1906. The assignment: investigate 97 Orchard Street to see if the building is up to code, and interview actors portraying the building’s landlord and tenant to get both sides of the story. In 1901, New York State passed the landmark Tenement Housing Act, responding to hazardous and unsanitary tenement conditions. Come find out if 97 Orchard was in compliance, and delve into the broader questions of social justice and housing.

Tenement Inspectors is only available on select dates:
 
Sunday, January 11th, 2014
Sunday, April 26th, 2015
Sunday, May 3rd, 2015
 
Please check our tour calendar one month prior to purchase tickets.

 

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Tastings at the Tenement

Explore the vibrant foods of immigrant New York, past and present.

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1900

Explore the vibrant food life of immigrant New York, past and present.

1903

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From The Blog

Giving Thanks Across the Aisle

Tuesday, November 25

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