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Museum at Eldridge Street

  • 12 Eldridge St. Map It
  • Lower East Side

Published 09/11/2016

Fodor's Review

The exterior of this 1887 Orthodox synagogue-turned-museum (and community space) is the first to be built by the many Eastern European Jews who settled in the Lower East Side in the late 19th century, and is a striking mix of Romanesque, Gothic, and Moorish motifs. Inside is an exceptional hand-carved ark of mahogany and walnut, a sculptured wooden balcony, jewel-tone stained-glass windows, vibrantly painted and stenciled walls, and an enormous brass chandelier. The museum can be viewed as part of an hour-long tour, which begins downstairs where interactive "touch tables" teach all ages about Eldridge Street and the Lower East Side. The crowning piece of the building's decades-long restoration is a stained-glass window by artist Kiki Smith and architect Deborah Gans, which weighs 6,000 pounds and has more than 1,200 pieces of glass.

Sight Information

Address:

12 Eldridge St., between Canal and Division Sts., New York, New York, 10002, USA

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Phone:

212-219–0302

Sight Details:

  • $12

Published 09/11/2016

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