Tenement Museum

Field review by the editors.

New York, New York

The romance of low-rent survival in a pestilence-infested 19th century New York City tenement is brought to life in the Tenement Museum. It's a real tenement, shuttered for 50 years, slowly being restored and reopened apartment-by-apartment. Each tells the story of a different immigrant family that actually lived in it, stressing a rainbow of ethnicities and range of time periods. Kind of like a modern-day reality show, except all the contestants are dead.

The museum does a good job of recreating the tenement's oppressive physical space and lack of amenities, although it would help recapture the moment if you can tour on a sweltering summer day and imagine the smell of overflowing cesspools wafting through the windows.

Tenement Museum

Address:
97 Orchard St., New York, NY
Directions:
Lower East Side neighborhood of Manhattan, on Orchard St. between Broome and Delancey Sts.
Hours:
Daily, times vary. (Call to verify)
Phone:
212-431-0233
Save to My Sights

Nearby Offbeat Places

Rooftop Statue of LeninRooftop Statue of Lenin, New York, NY - < 1 mi.
Gold Buddha in Former Porno TheaterGold Buddha in Former Porno Theater, New York, NY - < 1 mi.
Lin Ze Xu, Drug War PioneerLin Ze Xu, Drug War Pioneer, New York, NY - < 1 mi.
In the region:
Big Head Berlin Wall Slab, New York, NY - 1 mi.

More Quirky Attractions in New York

Stories, reports and tips on tourist attractions and odd sights in New York.

Explore Thousands of Unique Roadside Landmarks!

Strange and amusing destinations in the US and Canada are our specialty. Start here.
Use RoadsideAmerica.com's Attraction Maps to plan your next road trip.

September 25, 2017

My Sights

My Sights

Create Your Own Bizarre Road Trips!

Try My Sights

Roadside America app
Roadside Presidents app

New York Latest Tips and Stories

Latest Visitor Tips

Sight of the Week

Sight of the Week

Wonders of Wildlife, Springfield, Missouri (Sep 25-Oct 1, 2017)

SotW Archive

USA and Canada Tips and Stories

More Sightings

Sightings. Arrives without warning. Leaves no burn marks. A free newsletter from RoadsideAmerica.com. Subscribe now!
RoadsideAmerica.com Hotel & Motel Finder

Special online rates for hotels & motels.

Nearby Hotels and Motels, New York, New York

Nightly rates found:

Find Hotels Near:

Book Online Now

 

Favorite Quirky City Sights