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.
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
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.
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.