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Lower East Side Tenement Museum

Take a look back in time and see what the home life of a Triangle factory worker might have been like at the Lower East Side Tenement Museum that tells the stories of the working-class immigrant families that lived here between 1863 and 1935. The apartments in what was a typical tenement building served as short-term housing for immigrants from 20 different nations. 

The Lower East Side Tenement Museum tells the stories of the working-class immigrant families that made 97 Orchard Street their home between 1863 and 1935. The apartments in what was a typical tenement building served as short-term housing for immigrants from 20 different nations.

Guided tours offer visitors the chance to explore six restored apartments and learn how immigrants from Italy, Ireland, Germany, and Russia made their way in a new country at four different historic moments.

Get a glimpse into what the life of a Triangle worker might have been like through the “Piecing It Together” tour, which contrasts the experiences of a garment worker in the piecework system versus a factory like the Triangle.

Outside the building, the museum offers guided walking tours to explore the neighborhood. Tours such as “Immigrant Soles” allow visitors to discover the places central to immigrant life and peel back the layers of history in the neighborhood today. Additional talks, workshops, and living history programs provide other opportunities to explore the immigrant experience.

Committed to promoting tolerance, the museum uses historical perspectives to connect visitors with contemporary labor and immigration issues. By sharing these stories, the Tenement Museum honors the history of ordinary, working-class people and shows how their stories shed light on broader trends.

Photo by Keiko Niwa, courtesy of the Lower East Side Tenement Museum.

Location

Lower East Side Tenement Museum
97 Orchard Street
10002 New York, New York
United States
Type
Related to the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire of 1911
Rights
JWA use only on jwa.org

How to cite this page

Jewish Women's Archive. "Lower East Side Tenement Museum." (Viewed on October 22, 2014) <http://jwa.org/triangle/map/lower-east-side-tenement-museum>.

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