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Lower East Side Tenement Museum

A guided tour is the only way into the Lower East Side Tenement Museum, a five-floor landmark 1863 tenement with apartments that have been decorated to recall the lives of actual residents. The museum strives to promote tolerance, reminding visitors of the challenges facing modern-day immigrants by presenting the struggles faced by those in the past. Guides encourage discussion and often begin a tour by asking visitors about their own ethnic roots—and whether any of their ancestors passed through Ellis Island or lived on the Lower East Side. Groups cluster in the narrow tenement's dim, crumbling, and surprisingly ornate entryway before heading upstairs to visit select apartments. Choose to learn about the trials of the Levines and Rogarshevskys, who worked in the garment industry, or about the experiences of the Gumpertz and the Baldizzi families during the Panic of 1873 and Great Depression of 1929. The family-friendly Confino Apartment tour allows children to touch things, try on clothes, and pester the “costumed interpreter” who plays a teenage Sephardic-Jew from Greece, and greets visitors as if they were immigrants just landed in America. — Kate Appleton

103 Orchard St
New York, NY 10002
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877-975-3786
http://tenement.org