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Lower East Side Tenement Museum Photo courtesy of Lower East Side Tenement Museum
  • 108 Orchard St

    New York, NY 10002-3106

  • Phone: 212-431-0233


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Go inside New York City's rich immigrant past, present and future at this historic townhouse that gives new meaning to the term "cramped quarters." A five-story brick building on Manhattan's Lower East Side, this tenement was home to nearly 10,000 immigrants between 1863 and 1935. Now, it stands as a powerful testament to the tenacity and triumph of immigrant groups spanning the late 19th and early 20th Century. Popular with school groups, the descendents of Eastern and Southern European immigrants, and history buffs, the Tenement Museum is uniformly praised for providing New Yorkers old and new a truly transportive historical experience. 103 Orchard Street. New York, NY. 212-982-8420

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Ten Best Logo 03 Local Expert Says:

"After your visit, refuel at the Lower East Side's enormously popular The Meatball Shop, an ode to the Italian-American crowd-pleaser."


Best for Museums Because: This one-time immigrant housing complex is now a National Historic Site with regular tours, archives and exhibitions.