Lower East Side Tenement Museum National Historic Site

Overview

Chartered in l988, the Tenement Museum's mission is to promote tolerance and historical perspective through the presentation and interpretation of a variety of immigrant and migrant experiences on Manhattan's Lower East Side, a gateway to America. The heart of the Tenement Museum is its tenement building that was home to an estimated 7,000 people, from over 20 nations, between 1863 and 1935. Visitors tour the tenements cramped living spaces and learn about the lives of past residents and the history of the neighborhood. The Museum also offers various programs such as walking tours, plays, art exhibits, and readings that represent the immigrant experience, throughout the year. The Museum's tenement building is an affiliated site of the National Trust for Historic Preservation and a National Historic Landmark. In November of 1998, President Clinton and the United States Congress declared the Tenement Museum a National Historic Area affiliated with the National Park Service.

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Activities

Seasonality / Weather

New York City has a four-season climate. Summers are hot and humid, with temperatures that can reach 100 degrees. Winters can be quite cold with snow and high winds.

Directions

Driving: 

From the Lincoln Tunnel and West Side Highway

1. Exit either the Tunnel or the Highway and go east across town on 42nd St. to 2nd Ave. (If you prefer, you can exit the West Side Highway at 23rd St. or 18th St. and drive east across town to 2nd Ave.)
2. Turn right on 2nd Ave. and drive south to Houston St. At Houston Street turn left and drive east 3 blocks to Allen St.
3. Turn right on Allen St. and drive 5 blocks south to Grand St.
4. Turn left on Grand St., go 6 blocks and turn left on Clinton St. (RiteAid Pharmacy on corner).
5. Go 1 short block and turn left on Broome St. Go 1 ½ blocks; you will see the entrance to the parking lot on your right.
6. Parking Options

From the Holland Tunnel

1. Head east on Canal Street At West Broadway turn left and drive 1 block north to Grand St.
2. Turn right on Grand and drive east to Clinton St. Note: this will be a long, slow drive through Chinatown. Grand St changes from a one-way street to two-ways at Chrystie St.
3. Make a left turn onto Clinton St. (a RiteAid Pharmacy is on the corner).
4. Go 1 short block and turn left on Broome St. Go 1 ½ blocks; you will see the entrance to the parking lot on your right.

Or:

1. Exit the Holland Tunnel uptown on to Hudson St. going north.
2. Drive to Spring St. and turn right, heading east.
3. Turn right on Bowery, go 1 block south and turn left on Delancey St.
4. Go 4 blocks east to Allen St., make a right and go 2 blocks to Grand St.
5. Turn left and drive 6 blocks to Clinton St. (a RiteAid Pharmacy is on the corner.) Note: Grand St. changes from a one-way street to two-ways at Chrystie St.
6. Make a left turn onto Clinton St.
7. Go 1 short block and turn left on Broome St. Go 1 ½ blocks; you will see the entrance to the parking lot on your right.
8. Parking Options

From the George Washington Bridge and FDR Drive (Southbound)

1. Go over the G. W. Bridge and take exit for Harlem River Drive, which turns into the FDR Drive southbound.
2. Exit FDR Drive at exit #4, Grand St./Williamsburg Bridge. At exit, make a right turn onto Grand St. and go 9 traffic lights (lights are very close together).
3. Turn right on Clinton Street (a RiteAid Pharmacy is on the corner).
4. Go 1 short block and turn left on Broome Street. Go 1 ½ blocks; you will see the entrance to the parking lot on your right.
5. Parking Options

From the Williamsburg Bridge

1. Proceed on Delancey Street to Allen St.
2. Make a left turn and drive 2 blocks to Grand St.
3. Make a left turn and drive 6 blocks to Clinton St. (a RiteAid Pharmacy is on the corner.)
4. Make a left turn and go 1 short block to Broome Street. Make a left and go 1½ blocks; you will see the entrance to the parking lot on your right.
5. Parking Options

From the Manhattan Bridge

1. Getting off the bridge, make a right turn on Bowery, heading north.
2. Go 2 blocks and make a right turn on to Grand St.
3. Go 10 blocks to Clinton Street (a RiteAid Pharmacy is on the corner.)
4. Make a left turn and go 1 short block to Broome Street Make a left and go 1½ blocks; you will see the entrance to the parking lot on your right.
5. Parking Options

From the Brooklyn Bridge & FDR Drive (Northbound). Cars only - no busses

1. Exit onto FDR Drive northbound.
2. Take FDR exit for Houston St. and drive west on Houston until Essex St. (Note: the street is called Essex south of Houston and called Ave. A north of Houston).
3. Drive 5 blocks south and make a left on Grand St.
4. Drive 3 blocks to Clinton St. (a RiteAid Pharmacy is on the corner.)
5. Make a left turn and go 1 short block to Broome Street. Make a left and go 1 ½ blocks; you will see the entrance to the parking lot on your right.
6. Parking Options

Parking
Broome Street Lot
Complimentary three-hour parking for cars only is available at a secure, attended facility on Broome Street between Norfolk and Suffolk Streets.

Public Transport: 

How to Get to the Visitor Center at 108 Orchard Street by Subway:
The B or D the trains to Grand Street. Exit at Grand and Chrystie. Walk east (away from Bowery) for four blocks. Take a left at Orchard Street and walk north for two blocks. The Visitors Center is between Delancey and Broome, near Delancey.

The F to Delancey Street or the J, M or Z to Essex Street. Once you get off any of these subways, walk two blocks away from the Williamsburg Bridge (west) to Orchard Street, turn left and walk 1/2 block south. The Visitors Center is between Delancey and Broome, near Delancey.

There are often temporary changes in subway service. How to Get to the Visitor Center at 108 Orchard Street by Bus.

Sightseeing buses and the M15 bus (1st & 2nd Ave/South Street Seaport/Wall Street/Battery Park/Ellis Island Ferry) stop at Grand and Allen Streets.

Walk one block east to Orchard Street and 1/2 block north. The Visitors Center is between Delancey and Broome, near Delancey.