The heart of the Lower East Side Tenement Museum is its landmark tenement building, home to 7,000 people from 20 nations between 1863 and 1935. Visitors to the Museum tour the cramped living spaces and learn about the lives of past residents: a German Jewish family (1870s), an Eastern European Orthodox Jewish family (1918), and an Italian Catholic family (1930s).
The Tenement building can only be viewed by guided tour ($20 for adults, $15 for students/seniors). For tours and times, visit www.tenement.org/tours.html. Prices for all tickets include admission to the museum's video histories of the Lower East Side.
There are no elevators in this historic building, making a tour inside with a stroller or wheelchair impossible. The museum does, however, offer accessible tours of the neighborhood.
The Museum gift store sells an array of curios, reproductions, hand-crafted items, and books and gifts that represent the various immigrant/migrant groups who have come through the neighborhood, past and present.