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EVENING GROUPS

The Tenement Museum offers private after-hours programs for groups of 15 or more. Offered daily from 6pm-10pm, each tour is led by a museum educator, and lasts 1-2 hours, depending on the needs of the group. Visitors can choose from multiple programs, comprised of our building tours, walking tours, and full-tenement tours that are offered exclusively to evening guests.


Evening tours can be paired with a discussion, reception, or dinner program for a truly exceptional experience.

PROGRAMS

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 Media.

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.

WALK THE NEIGHBORHOOD

Outside the Home

See the Lower East Side through the eyes of the immigrants who have lived here for 150 years. Discover the towering Jarmulowsky Bank building, where immigrants deposited (and eventually lost) their life savings; the Daily Forward building, where socialists fought for worker rights; and PS 42, where generations of immigrants learned how to be "American." Available in spring and summer only. This tour does not enter any buildings.

Then and Now

For generations of immigrants, the Lower East Side wasn't just a place to find a cheap home. It was also where they learned how to start a business, build a congregation, educate their children, and lobby the government. Discover the fascinating history of this neighborhood and find out why it's such an ever-changing mix of the old and the new. Available in spring and summer only. This tour does not enter any buildings.

MEET THE RESIDENTS

Victoria Confino

Drop in on 14-year-old Victoria Confino, who lived in the tenement in 1916, to hear about the immigrant experience in a more intimate setting. Tour her apartment, ask her questions about her life, and get a unique perspective on 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

Pay virtual visits to 12 diverse purveyors, sampling neighborhood favorites such as Chinese dumplings, Dominican fried plantains, Asian-fusion cream puffs, bialys and more. This virtual tour reveals some of the little-known histories of favorite American foods, and reveals ways in which immigrants and native-born citizens collectively created an American culture.