Tenement Museum Reopens June 12 with Orchard Street Block Party

Posted on: May 27th, 2021 at 5:07 am by

Fresh off its year-long pandemic sidelining, the Tenement Museum is poised to reopen on June 12. The Lower East Side institution will mark the occasion with a block party at its Orchard Street doorstep.

The grand reopening event starts at noon on Saturday, June 12, with live entertainment, giveaways and brand-new programming, including the “Reclaiming Black Spaces” walking tour, which focuses on how African Americans shaped Lower Manhattan over the centuries.

There is also a live mural painting planned by artist Jia Sung with Assembly for Chinatown, musical and spoken word acts from the Nuyorican Poets Cafe, and a performance by legendary jazz and rock musician Juma Sultan. Museum at Eldridge Street, the North American Indigenous Center of New York, Cafe Katja, and the Pickle Guys will also set up shop.

Tours of the Tenement Museum building at 97 Orchard will remain limited in scope, with availability every Friday, Saturday and Sunday, from 11am to 5pm. Those customers are required to show proof of full vaccination or a negative COVID test taken at least 72 hours prior to their scheduled visit.

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