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EVENING TOURS

Explore the museum without the crowds. With our private tours, groups can experience the museum after hours and take advantage of special programs that are only offered in the evening. Guests can also schedule evening tours in conjunction with receptions, discussions, or dinner programs.


Check out the available private evening tours below.


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TOUR THE BUILDING

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.

Sweatshop Workers

Pay a visit to the Levine family's garment workshop and the Rogarshevskys' Sabbath table at the turn of the 20th century, when the Lower East Side was the most densely populated place in the world. Explore how immigrants balanced work, family, and religion at a time of great change.

Irish Outsiders

Experience the heart of the immigrant saga through the music of Irish America, then tour the restored home of the Moore family, Irish-Catholic immigrants who left their home in the Five Points to start a new life in Kleindeutschland. Explore how this family dealt with being 'outsiders' in 97 Orchard and how they coped with the death of their child in 1869.

Shop Life

Family-run stores filled the lower level of 97 Orchard for over a century. Visit the 1870s German saloon of John and Caroline Schneider, and use interactive technology to trace the stories of turn-of-the-century kosher butchers Israel and Goldie Lustgarten, 1930s auctioneer Max Marcus, and 1970s undergarment discounters Frances and Sidney Meda.

Exploring 97 Orchard Street

Exclusive evening program

This behind-the-scenes tour explores the architectural layers of history buried in the tenement’s physical fabric. Learn how legislation and fashion spurred landlords and tenants to leave their mark on the building, and how paint experts, wallpaper conservators, and urban archeologists “read” these layers to uncover 97 Orchard’s stories.

MEET THE RESIDENTS

Victoria Confino

Visit the apartment of a Greek Sephardic family and meet a costumed interpreter playing 14-year-old Victoria Confino, who lived in the tenement in 1916. Visitors take on the role of newly arrived immigrants and ask Victoria questions about adjusting to life on the Lower East Side.

LIVE! At the Tenement

Exclusive evening program

“Meet” the residents of 97 Orchard Street and explore multiple apartments in the Tenement Museum ‒ an experience not available on any other tour. Connect to the experience of living in the building by interacting with actors portraying members of the Moore (1868), Levine (1898), and Baldizzi (1935) families. The program is a special opportunity to learn about the daily lives of these residents and how their hopes and aspirations intersected with an ever-changing Lower East Side.

TASTE THE FOODS

Tastings at the Tenement

Exclusive evening program

Our Tastings at the Tenement program offers visitors a truly unique dining experience. Museum educators lead groups through a tasting menu, comprised of foods from the Lower East Side. Guests dine on an eclectic mix of pretzels, dumplings and more, while learning about the history of various neighborhood establishments and how these foods helped shape American cuisine.