Bringing American Immigration Stories to Life

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Sharing Stories of the Immigrant Experience

The Tenement Museum celebrates the enduring stories that define and strengthen what it means to be American. We share stories of the immigrant and migrant experience through immersive guided tours, educational content and programs, and thought leadership, with one important goal — to advance the understanding of immigration and to highlight its role in the ongoing creation of our nation.

Throughout history and into the present day, millions of people moved to and around the United States in pursuit of the American Dream. While it may at times be easy to see the gaps between “us” and “them,” a closer look reveals how these newest citizens demonstrate the human spirit of our nation’s ideals. And, the understanding that results is that it doesn’t matter why they came; what matters is that they did.

Tours and Experiences

Neighborhood Walking Tours

Discover often-forgotten places, unexplored spaces, and untold stories in a curated exploration of New York’s Lower East Side, a neighborhood that defined the immigrant experience.

Recreated Levine apartment inside 97 Orchard Street.

Tenement Apartment Tours

Explore historically restored tenement buildings and discover how immigrants lived on New York’s Lower East Side in the 19th and 20th centuries.


Visitors can explore the themes of migration and immigration through programs, events, and experiences covering such topics as food history, music, health, and politics, that are not included on our daily schedule of tours.

Upcoming Events

Special Thursday Evening Tours & Programs

The lights stay on after dark on Thursday evenings at the Tenement Museum! Each Thursday offers access to exclusive programs, tours, and exhibits only available on this special night of the week.

Tenement Talks

Tenement Talks is an evening series of free lectures, readings, panel discussions, films, and other programs that provide historical and contemporary perspectives on New York City’s rich culture. Space is limited, so be sure to RSVP for upcoming Talks.

More Tenement Experiences

Your Story, Our Story

Objects help us remember and tell our stories. Discover and share stories of immigration and migration of the past and present in this digital experience.

Museum Membership

Become a member and receive unlimited access to tours and exclusive access to experiences and events. Join a community that values the role of immigration in the evolving American identity.