Lower East Side Tenement Museum

The Tenement Museum preserves and interprets the history of immigration through the personal experiences of those who settled in Manhattan’s Lower East Side. Built in 1863, this tenement apartment building was home to nearly 7,000 working class immigrants. Groups may visit by appointment to learn about historical families, and how immigrants adjusted to their new lives; they can also have a walking tour of the Lower East Side to learn how public spaces, buildings, and culture shape a community’s identity.

contact info

Hrs: By appointment.

School

Students can have a living history program, interactive tour, or walking tour. They can meet costumed interpreters, and play the part of an immigrant or housing inspector; interview a tenant and a landlord; and investigate if the building is up to code. They will also hear stories of how immigrants stayed connected with their heritage, while also beginning their lives anew. The Museum’s four interactive tours tell the stories of real historical families that lived at 97 Orchard Street, allowing students to explore issues of work, family, and social life. Neighborhood Walking Tours invite groups explore historic neighborhoods as they discuss how public spaces, buildings, and culture shape a community’s identity.

supports classroom learning in:
Social Studies

topics covered:
19th century history, architecture, cooking, history, immigration, industry, world cultures

contact info
Name: Group Reservations
Phone: 646-518-3064.
Email: groups@tenement.org

TRIP INFO

Grade Level: Elementary School, Middle School, High School Group Size: Max. 25-30 students. Program Type: Day Trips, Guided Tours, Guided Activities. Recomm. Length of Visit: 1-2 hours. Recommended Ratio of Youth to Chaperones: 14:1.Recommended Ratio of Youth to Chaperones: 14:1.Recommended Ratio of Youth to Chaperones: 14:1. Registration: Phone, Email. Food Options: n/a. Cost: Fee Title I or Financial Support: n/a. Accessible To: n/a.

Living History Lesson Plan

FUN FACTS

Two hundred thousand Civil War soldiers were boys no older than 16, and an estimated 300 women were brave enough to disguise themselves as men and fight in the war. The average soldier weighed only 145 pounds due to poor diet, long marches, disease, and tough living, and earned between $13-$16 per month. Reading about these facts is interesting, but actually living them makes the information come alive. Living History Centers can allow students to experience how people lived during important historical eras, including enlisting as a soldier during the Civil War.

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Lower East Side Tenement Museum

The Tenement Museum preserves and interprets the history of immigration through the personal experiences of those who settled in Manhattan’s Lower East Side. Built in 1863, this tenement apartment building was home to nearly 7,000 working class immigrants. Groups may visit by appointment to learn about historical families, and how immigrants adjusted to their new lives; they can also have a walking tour of the Lower East Side to learn how public spaces, buildings, and culture shape a community’s identity.

contact info

Hrs: By appointment.

Camp

Campers can have a hands-on program, apartment tour, or walking tour. They can hear the stories of real historical families that lived at 97 Orchard Street, play the part of an immigrant or housing inspector, speak with costumed interpreters, and more. On a walking tour of the Lower East Side campers can explore foods, immigrant customs, important public spaces, and the history of change in a neighborhood.

topics covered:
19th century history, architecture, cooking, history, immigration, industry, world cultures

contact info
Name: Group Reservations
Phone: 646-518-3064.
Email: groups@tenement.org

TRIP INFO

Grade Level: Elementary School, Middle School, High School Group Size: Varies. Program Type: Day Trips, Guided Tours, Guided Activities. Recomm. Length of Visit: 1-2 hours. Recommended Ratio of Youth to Chaperones: 14:1.Recommended Ratio of Youth to Chaperones: 14:1.Recommended Ratio of Youth to Chaperones: 14:1. Registration: Phone, Email. Food Options: n/a. Cost: Fee Title I or Financial Support: n/a. Accessible To: n/a.

Living History Lesson Plan

FUN FACTS

Two hundred thousand Civil War soldiers were boys no older than 16, and an estimated 300 women were brave enough to disguise themselves as men and fight in the war. The average soldier weighed only 145 pounds due to poor diet, long marches, disease, and tough living, and earned between $13-$16 per month. Reading about these facts is interesting, but actually living them makes the information come alive. Living History Centers can allow students to experience how people lived during important historical eras, including enlisting as a soldier during the Civil War.

View Lesson Plan>>

Lower East Side Tenement Museum

The Tenement Museum preserves and interprets the history of immigration through the personal experiences of those who settled in Manhattan’s Lower East Side. Built in 1863, this tenement apartment building was home to nearly 7,000 working class immigrants. Groups may visit by appointment to learn about historical families, and how immigrants adjusted to their new lives; they can also have a walking tour of the Lower East Side to learn how public spaces, buildings, and culture shape a community’s identity.

contact info

Hrs: By appointment.

Homeschool

Homeschool groups can have a living history program, interactive tour, or walking tour. During their program, they might meet costumed interpreters, play the part of an immigrant or housing inspector, or hear stories of how immigrants began their lives anew. The Museum’s four interactive tours tell the stories of real historical families that lived at 97 Orchard Street, allowing students to explore issues of work, family, and social life. On a walking tour of the Lower East Side groups can explore foods, immigrant customs, and how space and culture shape a community’s identity.

supports classroom learning in:
Social Studies

topics covered:
19th century history, architecture, cooking, history, immigration, industry, world cultures

contact info
Name: Group Reservations
Phone: 646-518-3064.
Email: groups@tenement.org

TRIP INFO

Grade Level: Elementary School, Middle School, High School Group Size: Min. 15, max. 25-30 students (varies per program). Program Type: Day Trips, Guided Tours, Guided Activities. Recomm. Length of Visit: 1-2 hours. Recommended Ratio of Youth to Chaperones: n/a.Recommended Ratio of Youth to Chaperones: n/a.Recommended Ratio of Youth to Chaperones: n/a. Registration: Phone, Email. Food Options: n/a. Cost: Fee Title I or Financial Support: n/a. Accessible To: n/a.

Living History Lesson Plan

FUN FACTS

Two hundred thousand Civil War soldiers were boys no older than 16, and an estimated 300 women were brave enough to disguise themselves as men and fight in the war. The average soldier weighed only 145 pounds due to poor diet, long marches, disease, and tough living, and earned between $13-$16 per month. Reading about these facts is interesting, but actually living them makes the information come alive. Living History Centers can allow students to experience how people lived during important historical eras, including enlisting as a soldier during the Civil War.

View Lesson Plan>>

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