Friday, November 11, 2011

The Doors Are Open at 103 Orchard Street!

Today's the big day! We've opened the doors and welcomed the first members of the public to our new Visitor and Education Center at the corner of Orchard and Delancey. The Center gives us 10,000 square feet of additional space, including classrooms, a screening room and our first purpose-built gallery space.

Tenement Staffers Katie Barnard and Rachael Grygorcewicz unlocked the door at 10 a.m., making it official. 

11/11/11 has been appropriately lucky for the Tenement Museum so far, as we've had a smooth transition to 103 Orchard Street.

We think it's a very good sign that everyone felt right at home immediately. Visitors enjoyed leisurely browsing our expanded bookshop, as well as the new gallery space featuring the exhibit "Out Harvey Wang's Window".

Out with the chalkboard, in with technology! Our new ticketing screens show up-to-date tour information and are easier to read, making the check-in process much clearer.

Jennifer Flowers and John Matchett were among the first to pick up tickets at 103 Orchard this morning. Jennifer is a frequent Tenement visitor who loves history. She says the Museum gives a "perfect flavor of New York", so with John in town from Virginia she suggested a visit. He said he'd read about the Museum and it "didn't take much convicing!"

Thanks so much to everyone on staff and of course our wonderful visitors, members and supporters for helping make this beautiful new home a reality. We hope you'll visit us soon!


  1. Looks great! Congratulations! Hope to visit soon.

  2. The Sweatshop Tour today was definitely one of the highlights of our week in NYC. Huge thanks to the knowledgeable and interactive guide- I can't wait to take another tour next year!

  3. We were among the lucky visitors on the Opening Day at the new site and one could not tell that this was Day 1. Everyone and everything was all organized and the entire exoerience exceeded our expectations. We will be back for more.

  4. Good luck with the new Center. I visited the tenement museum many years ago and found it the most fascinating place in the whole of New York.
    Have just googled it again today as I wish to bring my daughters.


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