I wasn't as impressed as I'd hoped to be. Maybe because I share a two-bedroom apartment with 3 other people here in NY, I thought that with some paint, light fixtures, and a bathroom, those apartments wouldn't be so bad. Granted, I don't have ancestors who came through NY so I don't have an emotional connection to immigrants of that time, though the two apartments decorated like period homes did help give a face to those who had lived there. However, the most intriguing feature for me was where someone had scribbled on the walls of one of the apartments and I wish our guide had talked about this sign of human presence. I think that for visitors to NY, or someone who had immigrant ancestors, or someone who has never lived in tight quarters, the museum will likely be much more powerful than it was for me.