The Tenement Museum is an extremely interesting museum to visit and a “must see” for New Yorkers. Located on the Lower East Side, this museum tells the stories of a tenement apartment building at 97 Orchard Street. This building was home to nearly 7000 working class immigrants.
Their guided tours give visitors a sense of what the living conditions were like in 19th-century New York City. I really enjoyed “The Moores: An Irish Family in America” about the 1869 home of the Moores, Irish immigrants coping with the death of a child. They offer a variety of tours, including walking tours of the neighborhood.
Also available are workshops and original artworks by immigrants and migrants. It’s a perfect experience to teach students and children about immigration and New York City.
Recently, the museum has unveiled its recreation of the Orchard Street outdoor yard, complete with an outhouse, water hydrant, laundry line, plank fence and original paving stones.
The Tenement Museum is truly a great experience for the whole family! For more details and to book your tour, visit www.tenement.org or follow them on Twitter @tenementmuseum. You can also check out some really great photos on their Flickr page!