Museum at Eldridge Street

12 Eldridge St, New York City


The Museum at Eldridge Street preserves and celebrates the Eldridge Street Synagogue, a magnificent National Historic Landmark. Opened in 1887 and restored in 2007, the synagogue is the first great house of worship built in America by Jewish immigrants from Eastern Europe. Today, it is the only remaining marker of the great wave of Jewish migration to the Lower East Side that is open to a broad public who wish to visit Jewish New York. Exhibits, tours, cultural events and educational programs tell the story of Jewish immigrant life, explore architecture and historic preservation, inspire reflection on cultural continuity, and foster collaboration and exchange between people of all faiths, heritages and interests.

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Open Hours:

  • Mon

    10:00 - 17:00

  • Tue

    10:00 - 17:00

  • Wed

    10:00 - 17:00

  • Thu

    10:00 - 17:00

  • Sun

    10:00 - 17:00

  • Fri

    10:00 - 15:00

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  • Mr. Worldwide/AFJr

    - 23 August 2018 -

    The Eldridge Street Synagogue (1887) was the first grand synagogue built in the United States by Eastern European Jews. Impressive decoration and architecture! Take pictures and enjoy the beautiful view of this magnificent place!!:)

  • Michael Gibson

    - 12 August 2018 -

    A fascinating insight into Jewish immigration and life in New York over the past. Our guide was very friendly and welcoming and extremely informative. The building has been beautifully restored and I would thoroughly recommend a visit to this hidden gem.

  • Alex zembot

    - 10 August 2018 -

    The free tour is super interesting and informative, the space over all is very nice and has lots of history and is just astounding to find in an unlikely spot

  • David Papoular

    - 24 July 2018 -

    This synagogue has been restored to its glory and is very beautiful, and it includes an astonishing contemporary stained glass window by Kiki Smith. But touring the building is only the beginning: the museum's curators are living encyclopedias of Jewish history in New York, of the Lower East Side and its gossip, and of Jewish Humour! They are more than happy to share their knowledge.

  • Amy Perchick

    - 27 June 2018 -

    Interesting history that was elaborated well by our guide. The sanctuary was stunning and my pictures do not do it justice. On Mondays the tours are pay as you will versus the set price.

  • Jerry Silver

    - 27 May 2018 -

    Beautiful restoration of a historic synagogue and a nice look back on the history of Jewish immigrants in NYC. Tour provided by a local resident was very engaging. The stained glass window by Kiki Smith and the accompanying photo gallery documenting its creation are highlights.

  • Paul George

    - 19 May 2018 -

    Amazing slice of jewish and new york history hidden away in Chinatown. Its a relief from the usually crowded tourist attractions of new york. There are really knowledgeable guides who will tell you stories about each aspect of the place. Must visit!

  • Marlen Blazevic

    - 01 May 2018 -

    Did the tour on monday (pay as you wish) and it was great! Docent was very upbeat and positive, was a joy to listen to.

  • Joshua Gild

    - 01 May 2018 -

    A beautiful old synagogue that has been restored. A good amount of history about the neighborhood and the Jewish community.

  • Noah Tucker

    - 26 March 2018 -

    An astonishing restoration that has to be seen to be believed. I wasn't prepared for the main sanctuary after entering on the lower level and seeing the chapel first. The blue stained-glass window at the back of the sanctuary is especially interesting as it's a new piece - nobody knows what the original window looked like.

  • Jesus Escareno

    - 19 December 2017 -

    This synagogue is beautiful. I do recommend taking the tour as you learn some cool facts about the place. Also come on Mondays for donation based entry.

  • Andrew Afram

    - 29 October 2017 -

    Appreciate the gorgeous Kiki Smith stained glass window. It's truly breathtaking!

  • KEN Naarden

    - 23 October 2017 -

    A brilliant restoration took place here! The main window is exquisite! Steeped in Tradition. A definite, "Must See?"!!!

  • Nazan Keyik

    - 13 September 2017 -

    Anlamsız...gidilene kadar verilen emek icin yazık

  • Theresa Roldan

    - 08 January 2017 -

    Such a beautiful synagogue. Definitely a hidden gem worth visiting

  • Nadia Swan

    - 24 December 2016 -

    Loved the tour and all the information that we learned.

  • Nikki

    - 24 November 2016 -

    absolutely stunning and historic interiors. small congregation, open to visitors for family events

  • Chris Mahdik

    - 07 October 2016 -

    History, architecture

  • Aygen E

    - 12 March 2016 -

    Doğu Avrupa'dan NY'a göçen yahudiler tarafından inşa edilen (1887) ve şu anda Çin mahallesi sınırları içerisinde kalan Eldridge St. Sinagogu NY'un kültürel çeşitliliğini hissetmek için görülmeli 💙

  • Aygen E

    - 12 March 2016 -

    Ortasında 6 köşeli Davud yıldızı bulunan ve bir gökyüzü atlasını andıran mavi renkli cam vitray Eldridge St. Sinagogu'nun en etkileyici parçası.

Museum at Eldridge Street tours

Museum at Eldridge Street

A breathtaking National Historic Landmark on New York City’s Lower East Side

Museum at Eldridge Street Admission Ticket and Guided Tour

Upon arrival, join a docent for a tour inside the National Historic Landmark, the first great Jewish house of worship built by Eastern European immigrants in America. Hear of the 20-year efforts to restore the synagogue to the glory that you see today. Dive into the story of immigrant life on the...

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