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Through the Museum's "Shop Life" exhibit, visitors explore the immigrant businesses once located at 97 Orchard Street, where communities worked, shopped, celebrated and struggled for more than a century. The exhibit features a re-created 1870's German beer saloon once run by John and Caroline Schneider, as well as an interactive "sales counter" where visitors select audio and visual media clips to explore the stories of turn-of-the-century kosher butchers Israel and Goldie Lustgarten, 1930s auctioneer Max Marcus, and 1970s undergarment discounters Frances & Sidney Meda.

Shop Life is made possible through the generous support of The David Berg Foundation.

Major support has been provided by American Express; the Booth Ferris Foundation;
the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation; the Institute of Museum and Library Services;
and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Support for this exhibit was generously provided by the City of New York,
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg; the New York City Council, Speaker Christine C. Quinn;
New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, Commissioner Kate D. Levin; and
the New York City Economic Development Corporation, President Seth W. Pinsky.

Additional support has been provided by Deutsche Bank; The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation; the David L. Klein, Jr. Foundation; The New York Community Trust; and
the Sy Syms Foundation.

For a full list of accessible programs, visit the accessibility page.

Introducing "Shop Life"

Introducing Shop Life Launch Video

100 Years at 97 Orchard Street: You'll explore these histories in the "Shop Life" exhibit

100 Years at 97 Orchard Street: You'll explore these histories in the Shop Life exhibit Launch Slide Show

Contemporary Shopkeepers: You'll hear stories like these in the "Shop Life" exhibit

Introducing Shop Life Launch Video

A Behind the Scenes Look at the Creation of "Shop Life"

A Behind the Scenes Look at the Creation of Launch Slide Show

Exhibit Accessibility

Exhibit Accessibility Launch Video