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Tenement Museum

Tenement Museum

When you’re visiting New York, you want to learn about the city and that includes learning about its history. There are traces of Historic New York City in every neighborhood and in many locations throughout the city, but the Tenement Museum is the perfect stop to make if you want to be instantly transported back to life in New York City in the 19th Century. Located at 97 Orchard Street in Manhattan’s Lower East Side, the museum is a famous and historic landmark that has been meticulously preserved. On tours, New Yorkers and visitors can learn all about Manhattan’s rich and sometimes ugly history of immigration. The building stands frozen in time, as the living space was boarded up and untouched between 1935 and 1988, when it became the Tenement Museum. A National Historic Landmark, the tenement offers visitors a truly powerful understanding of the living conditions endured by immigrants to New York City in the 19th and early 20th century. Inside, tiny tenement apartments are restored along with stories about the lives of the people who lived in them, and in general, the lives of Immigrant New Yorkers who lived there in the late 1800’s. The close quarters make visitors keenly aware of the difficult, cramped and often dangerous conditions that immigrants endured during these times. The daily tours offer in depth information the lives of immigrants in NYC.

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