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.

Featured Tours & Experiences

97 Orchard Street building front in present day
Apartment Tours, Experiences

Exploring 97 Orchard Street

Explore the curation and preservation of 97 Orchard Street, a historic tenement and discover how landlords and tenants left their mark on the building.

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Food display
Neighborhood Walking Tours

Foods of the Lower East Side

Taste dumplings, fried plantains, pretzels, and more while exploring what food can tell us about immigration history, the Lower East Side, and American culture.

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Apartment Tours, Experiences

Tastings at the Tenement

Taste a variety of foods from our neighborhood and discuss the role of food in immigration history, the neighborhood, and wider American culture.

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Join us for a panel discussion on the challenges LGBTQ refugees face in their search to find home along with a special viewing of NAMES Project AIDS Memorial...

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In honor of Lower East Side History Month and in partnership with the Muslims for American Progress, this Tenement Talk will explore the diversity of the Muslim...

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Upcoming Events

Summer 2019 Exhibit!

June 8 thru Sept 8 | Saturdays & Sundays

Visit Tenement Museum on weekends this summer to experience a special pop-up exhibit featuring contemporary photo portraits of immigrant business owners by photographer Tesfa Alexander, paired with historic photos of immigrant-owned businesses from the late nineteenth century to the 1970s

Annual Gala

Join the Tenement Museum for our 2019 Gala, taking place on May 23rd at 6pm at the Mandarin Oriental Ballroom in New York City and hosted by NPR’s Nina Totenberg! At the event, we will pay tribute to three distinguished honorees, enjoy special offerings from Lower East Side vendors, and celebrate the Tenement Museum as America’s foremost immigration museum.

Late Night Thursday

Late Night Thursday

The lights stay on after dark on Thursday nights 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

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.

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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.