Come visit legendary historic sites where the community faced off with gentrification and corporate power. Peek inside vibrant community gardens and legendary tenement buildings, Tompkins Square Park and the first community-based recycling center.
ALL TOURS START AT THE MUSEUM AT 155 AVENUE C, COST $20 AND ARE LED BY LOCAL RESIDENTS WHO HAVE WITNESSED THE NEIGHBORHOOD’S ACTIVIST HISTORY AND THRIVING COMMUNITY SPIRIT FIRSTHAND. REGULAR WALKING TOURS ON SATURDAY AND SUNDAY AT 3PM DO NOT REQUIRE A RESERVATION.
CUSTOM GROUP TOURS OF COMMUNITY GARDENS, ACTIVIST CENTERS, SQUATS, AND SITES OF SOCIAL CHANGE ARE AVAILABLE. PLEASE CALL (917) 577-5621 FOR DETAILS OR E-MAIL TOURS@MORUSNYC.ORG TO SCHEDULE A TOUR TODAY.
Experienced local activists and historians run the Museum’s tours of squats and gardens as well as its specialized custom group tours, which are a key element of the Museum’s educational efforts. Custom tours of community gardens, squats, and other sites of social change are arranged for groups of 8 or more people such as visiting urban planning groups and universities studying gentrification, New York City history, theater, collective memory and experience, anthropology, and oral histories. Colleges have included the University of Wyoming, New York University, Manchester University, Yeshiva University, Marymount College, Molloy College, Lancaster University, Pacific University and others.
Regular Tours on Saturdays and Sundays explore the cutting-edge, sustainable buildings and spaces in the Lower East Side, which has the highest concentration of community gardens and squats of any neighborhood in the country. We visit legendary historic sites where the community faced off with gentrification and corporate power. We peek inside vibrant community gardens and legendary tenement buildings, Tompkins Square Park, the first community-based recycling center, and the symbol of local gentrification, The Christodora House. The focus is distinct from that of other neighborhood tours and oral histories because ours have a strong historical, academic, and cultural “big picture” perspective, as opposed to focusing only on the lives of individuals recounting life stories. Watch a video of the MoRUS tour of Umbrella House and of another squat tour. MoRUS tours are not just educational, they are perfect dates, family activities and adventures in and of themselves. Regular Tours require a minimum of 3 participants to operate and almost always do.