Please note, this Sunday, March 18th, the New York City half-marathon runs through the Lower East Side, with several roads closed to traffic. We advise visitors to anticipate disruption and to plan their travel accordingly.
View the restored apartments of past residents from different time periods.
Under One Roof
In the decades after World War II, the Lower East Side became one of New York’s most diverse neighborhoods. Visit the homes of Bella Epstein, whose parents survived the Holocaust, Jose and Andy Velez, whose mother left Puerto Rico for garment work, and the Wong siblings, whose stories of their mother and other garment workers are highlighted in an interactive, recreated Chinatown garment shop.
Explore the Lower East Side and the American Immigrant Experience.
THEN & NOW
History didn’t make the Lower East Side; people did. This tour tells the story of how neighborhood residents for the past 100 years have fought to preserve their community and improve their neighborhood in the face of profound economic and political change. [Note: This tour does not enter any buildings.]
Limited Wheelchair Capacity
Call 1-877-97LESTM in advance for wheelchair tickets.
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.
Visit a costumed interpreter playing a past resident of 97 Orchard Street.
Step into the dark corners and cramped spaces of 97 Orchard Street. The year is 1906, and visitors meet the landlord and a resident to learn firsthand about the realities of tenement life on the Lower East Side. Who is responsible for providing a safe and healthy home? Everything may not be as it seems.
Tenement Inspectors is only available on select dates:
Sunday, January 21, 2018
Sunday, March 18, 2018
Sunday, July 15, 2018
Sunday, August 19, 2018
Sunday, October 21, 2018
Sunday, November 18, 2018
Please check our tour calendar
six weeks prior to purchase tickets.
Tastings at the Tenement
Taste the immigrant foods that helped shape American cuisine.
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YOUR STORY, OUR STORY
Share your own family history and join us in telling the story of American immigration.
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Browse the Museum’s photo collection of over 1,300 images spanning from the 1860s to today.