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Lower East Side Tenement Museum
|Location 103 Orchard Street, New York, NY, United States|
|Phone number +1 212-982-8420|
|Country United States|
|City New York City|
|Open to visitors yes|
|Need appointment yes|
|Handicap accessibility no|
|Geographical Coordinates 40.71867,-73.98997|
The Tenement Museum provides one with a fascinating insight into the New York Jewish community. The action takes place on the Lower East Side which was home to 7000 working class immigrants. The site offers its visitors a guided tour around the museum and the neighbourhood whilst recreating the 19th and 20th century Jewish immigrant life.
The Tenement Museum was formed with the main purpose of preserving and interpreting the history of Jewish immigrants who built their lives in Manhattan's Lower East Side. Not only does the Tenement Museum provide guided tours, but the site also offers 'Tenement Talks' which include free readings, discussions, performances and screenings about New York's history, people and culture. The museum also offers ESOL workshops, which uses the history of the tenement to teach English to the new immigrants.
History and time period
Established in 1988, the museum was founded by Ruth Abram and Anita Jacobson in honor of America's immigrants. Initially, Ruth and Anita faced many obstacles, including their search for the perfect tenement. On the verge of giving up, Ruth and Annita finally found the perfect location for the museum at 97 Orchard Street in 1988.