Museum at Eldridge Street
Museum at Eldridge Street
4.5
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
Historic 135 year old synagogue in the Lower East Side. $15 adults, $10 students/seniors, $8 children. Mondays & Fridays are Pay As You Wish.
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Neighbourhood: Chinatown
Bursting with an amazing array of sights, sounds, and smells on every block, a visit to Chinatown feels like entering a different world. It’s a colorful spectacle that gets even more crowded on weekends, when families stream in to enjoy huge dim sum feasts and to stock up at the markets on Mott Street. To take a break from the buzz, grab something sweet from one of the many bakeries in the area and head to Columbus Park, where many Chinatown residents exercise, play games, and chat the day away.
How to get there
  • East Broadway • 4 min walk
  • Grand St • 5 min walk
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  • Laura H
    1 contribution
    A beautiful piece of history
    I'm from New York but don't live here anymore. I was in the neighborhood for some errands and wanted to do something touristy. This fit the bill perfectly. When I was greeted by a wonderful security guard and front desk man. Admission was a worthwhile $15 and masks are required to be worn while in the museum. They asked if I wanted a docent tour (which was included in the price) and mentioned it would be one on one. When I said yes I got to meet the kindest docent who I had the honor of spending an hour with. The docent took me around and had so much knowledge. I enjoyed getting to learn about the synagogue and the process of restoration. The tour starts by explaining the "why" of Jews being in the neighborhood and continues to how there was funding for the synagogue and explaining how the synagogue functioned both day to day and on special days. He had great stories that I found entertaining too. I think the tour and history makes this worth going to, however the space is also absolutely breathtaking. It is stunning just to look around. I'm so glad I finally made it here and am sure I will end up coming with others on a future visit!
    Visited March 2023
    Written 3 March 2023
  • LeslieSW
    Ukiah, California3 contributions
    Fabulous experience....
    My husband and I had read about the history of the Eldridge Street Synagogue and Museum and stopped by to take a look. WOW!!!!! The synagogue was breathtaking and the one-hour (FREE) tour was exceptional. Susan was our tour guide. She was articulate and enthusiastic in her presentation and thoughtful and respectful as she explained the meaning of the various artifacts and materials in the museum. We came away enlightened and grateful for this lesser-known tourist destination. Very few people and a personalized educational tour that was top-notch. Highly recommend.
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 29 March 2023
  • Beth P
    1 contribution
    Round out your NYC sightseeing and history with a visit and tour!!
    A stunning landmark of NYC and Jewish history. Highly recommend. Our tour guide Susan was remarkable in her knowledge and openness to questions and remarks from all ages in our large tour group. I plan to take advantage of the synagogue's other cultural events as well.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 23 May 2023
  • citygirl00110024
    New York City, New York99 contributions
    Do Not Overlook this Beautifully Restored Jewish Synagogue - take advantage of the Docent Tours (no additional charge)
    The Museum at Eldridge Street is a little known gem on the edge of the Lower East Side near China Town and close to the base of the Manhattan Bridge. Docent led tours are available at no additional charge with admission at 11am and 2pm. I cannot recommend more to take advantage of the docent led tours - especially if they are all as knowledgeable as our Docent, Lois. She had an incredible amount of knowledge on Jewish history in the neighborhood and the church along with the effort to preserve this historic building to allow us to enjoy it today. She kindly answered all of our questions about Judaism (as a Southern transplant to NYC with almost no knowledge) as well as sharing relevant personal anecdotes that I think always makes a tour more enjoyable and interesting. She was so cute when she had us wait in the stairwell for a moment while she closed the door to the sanctuary to allow her to provide a "big reveal" with the sanctuary beautifully lit with original lighting fixtures and beautiful stained glass. If you have had a long day of site seeing, there are many opportunities to sit and listen to the tour to allow your weary feet to rest a bit. I have lived in NYC for 22 years and am embarrassed to say I have never heard of this museum. We found it on the NYC Culture Pass through the NYPL and decided to check it out. I am so glad that had an opportunity to see this beautifully restored building and learn more about the Jewish Culture.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 28 July 2023
  • Stephie4821
    Brooklyn, New York261 contributions
    Cultural Experience
    This is a true hidden gem. My best friend and I took the tour of the museum and it was wonderful. Susan our tour guide was very knowledgeable about the Jewish culture of NY. This was a real history lesson and a true cultural experience. The beauty of the synagogue was truly stunning. To see how it was left to deteriorate to be brought to its original splendor is amazing. I highly recommend a visit and tour.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 5 September 2023
  • Oliver S
    3 contributions
    A Must-Visit for Every New Yorker
    Beautiful building, beautiful afternoon. The guide was informative but the whole experience was low-key. After we sat in the sanctuary and chatted, and the staff were happy to let us linger. It's less a museum than an aesthetic and historical experience.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 20 November 2023
  • JLaP
    15 contributions
    Excellent LES walking tour
    Eldridge Eats Food Tour- a history of the Lower East Side- was excellent. The guide was terrific, knows the area and its history inside and out, and presented the info in an engaging and easy to follow way. A knish, dumplings, ruggelah and pickle opportunity from LES favorites enhanced the experience. I’ve been raving about this ever since. I even went back to the area the next day on my own to revisit some of the stops.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 21 November 2023
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JLaP
15 contributions
Nov 2023 • Solo
Eldridge Eats Food Tour- a history of the Lower East Side- was excellent. The guide was terrific, knows the area and its history inside and out, and presented the info in an engaging and easy to follow way. A knish, dumplings, ruggelah and pickle opportunity from LES favorites enhanced the experience. I’ve been raving about this ever since. I even went back to the area the next day on my own to revisit some of the stops.
Written 21 November 2023
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Oliver S
3 contributions
Nov 2023 • Family
Beautiful building, beautiful afternoon.

The guide was informative but the whole experience was low-key. After we sat in the sanctuary and chatted, and the staff were happy to let us linger. It's less a museum than an aesthetic and historical experience.
Written 20 November 2023
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Janae O
4 contributions
Nov 2023 • Friends
In the middle of Chinatown is an original synagogue rich w history. Docent was energetic and informative. Strongly recommend.
Written 7 November 2023
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Teresa S
2 contributions
Oct 2023 • Family
The Synagogue is just wonderful, and our guide, Susan Slater, perfect sharing with us a lot of stories about the construction and the 20 years of the reconstruction of the building and the Jewish community in NY. We will come back.
Written 5 October 2023
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Stephie4821
Brooklyn, NY261 contributions
Sep 2023 • Friends
This is a true hidden gem. My best friend and I took the tour of the museum and it was wonderful. Susan our tour guide was very knowledgeable about the Jewish culture of NY. This was a real history lesson and a true cultural experience. The beauty of the synagogue was truly stunning. To see how it was left to deteriorate to be brought to its original splendor is amazing. I highly recommend a visit and tour.
Written 5 September 2023
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Howard S
1 contribution
Aug 2023 • Couples
Most interesting history. To think the synagogue was built in 9 months and then it took 20 years to undo the decay and neglect that had been allowed to fester. Beautiful building; beautiful history.
Written 12 August 2023
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citygirl00110024
New York City, NY99 contributions
Jul 2023 • Friends
The Museum at Eldridge Street is a little known gem on the edge of the Lower East Side near China Town and close to the base of the Manhattan Bridge. Docent led tours are available at no additional charge with admission at 11am and 2pm. I cannot recommend more to take advantage of the docent led tours - especially if they are all as knowledgeable as our Docent, Lois. She had an incredible amount of knowledge on Jewish history in the neighborhood and the church along with the effort to preserve this historic building to allow us to enjoy it today. She kindly answered all of our questions about Judaism (as a Southern transplant to NYC with almost no knowledge) as well as sharing relevant personal anecdotes that I think always makes a tour more enjoyable and interesting. She was so cute when she had us wait in the stairwell for a moment while she closed the door to the sanctuary to allow her to provide a "big reveal" with the sanctuary beautifully lit with original lighting fixtures and beautiful stained glass. If you have had a long day of site seeing, there are many opportunities to sit and listen to the tour to allow your weary feet to rest a bit. I have lived in NYC for 22 years and am embarrassed to say I have never heard of this museum. We found it on the NYC Culture Pass through the NYPL and decided to check it out. I am so glad that had an opportunity to see this beautifully restored building and learn more about the Jewish Culture.
Written 28 July 2023
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Carole M
New York City24 contributions
Jul 2023 • Couples
This was a very interesting tour through a stunningly restored synagogue, with a lot of information about Jewish history, immigration and the Lower East Side. Our guide, Susan Slater, was excellent.
Written 12 July 2023
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Shaq T
3 contributions
Jul 2023 • Family
Absolute GEM! Remarkable rejuvenation of such significance. Sandy our guide was a plethora of info. 100% worth it!
Written 11 July 2023
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Beth P
1 contribution
May 2023 • Solo
A stunning landmark of NYC and Jewish history. Highly recommend. Our tour guide Susan was remarkable in her knowledge and openness to questions and remarks from all ages in our large tour group. I plan to take advantage of the synagogue's other cultural events as well.
Written 23 May 2023
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