Experience the magic of our signature docent-led tours! Optional tours are included in the price of Museum admission. Knowledgeable docents will guide you through the sweeping history of the Eldridge Street Synagogue – from its time as a cultural hotspot in the bustling Jewish Lower East Side, to its decades of decay, to its miraculous rebirth as a 21st-century museum.
Public guided tours are available Sunday – Friday at 11AM and 2PM. Guided tours are also available on Sunday and Monday at 1PM. Tour is included in the price of Museum admission. Guests are welcome to go on a self-guided tour from 10AM – 5PM. Advance registration is strongly encouraged.
Private Museum Tours
Private tours allow your family, alumni, staff or other group to explore the Museum at Eldridge Street with a dedicated guide. Virtual and on-site experiences are currently available. Work with a Museum guide to tailor your experience to your group’s needs and interests.
Private tours are approximately one hour in length. Due to health restrictions, we are unable to accommodate groups in-person larger than 25 people.
History and Culture Building Tour
Our most popular tour! Explore the 1887 Eldridge Street Synagogue, the first great house of worship by Eastern European Jewish immigrants in the United States. This magnificent National Historic Landmark has been lovingly restored and today is a touchstone of the Lower East Side immigrant experience.
Lower East Side Walking Tour
Once home to the largest Jewish population in the world, the Lower East Side still bears traces of life at the turn of the last century. Your knowledgeable guide will lead you to old synagogues, Yiddish newspaper buildings, socialist hot spots and the best pickle shop in New York.