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Five Must-See Museums in New York City

For the full New York experience, be sure to include these sites—from the Museum of Mathematics to the Met—on your travel itinerary

Tenement Museum

Tenement Museum
(Battman Studios)

The Tenement Museum is a five-story brick walkup built in 1863 with many stories to tell—specifically, those of the 7,000 immigrants who once lived there. Visitors can tour the building, located at 97 Orchard Street, and peek into restored apartments and businesses from the mid-19th century. The building’s first tenants relied on coal-burning stoves and fireplaces for heat. Indoor toilets were installed in 1901, and electricity arrived in 1924. Inside the museum, costumed interpreters serve as the residents. Walking tours around the area highlight the influence immigrants had on the Lower East Side’s culture. Tour times vary. Check this calendar for availability. Admission is $22 for adults and $17 for students and seniors.

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