This museum, founded in 1988, is dedicated to all the immigrants who came to New York City during the 1800s, but in ... More
This museum, founded in 1988, is dedicated to all the immigrants who came to New York City during the 1800s, but in particular to the occupants of this one-time tenement on Orchard Street. See life as new Americans experienced it in Chinatown, Little Italy, and elsewhere on the Lower East Side through photos, displays, and memorabilia. Admission is free. The administrative office is on 91 Orchard Street. The tour starts and ends at 108 Orchard street and includes 97 Orchard Street.
This museum is definitely a waste of time and money.
They show you a couple of rooms in a semi-derelict building (of which there are many on the lower east side and in Brooklyn) and try to convey a sense of how tough folks had it when they came to the USA in the 19th and 20th centuries but the conditions are really not that bad considering what people left behind in Europe and there wee opportunities available in the USA which were more restricted in Europe.
I left the tour with a strong feeling that I could have got better value elsewhere for my $17.00.
My older daughter had to visit a NY site that was important in NY history. I suggested the Tenement Museum from what I had heard about it in the past. My 2 daughters and I went (very easy to get to using public transportation) and it was an eye opening experience. We took the Confino apartment tour. There was 1 man who joined our group and the 4 of us became an instant family. We were given a look at what life was like. Our clothes were not appropriate; we would need to find jobs that paid well; we were told to take in borders to help pay for the rent, since we had such a small family... A look at what (little) they had made you appreciate all that we do have today. It was great and we're already planning another trip back to go on one of the other tours offered.
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