The Lower East Side Tenement Museum is a life-changing experience. It's hard to picture just what life was like in Hell's Kitchen during the high times of immigration, but this is as close as it gets. The museum is actually a series of tenement houses that have been either restored, partially restored, or stabilized to allow visitors to see what life was like. Each apartment represents a specific family story and contains both artifacts and recorded oral history. The guides are absolutely fantastic. As a museum professional, I applaud this museum for their efforts and cannot wait to go back when they open new exhibits!