Notes from the Tenement

The Tenement Museum tells the uniquely American stories of immigrants, migrants, and refugees in the ongoing creation of our nation. Follow our blog for stories past and present, behind-the-scenes access to the Museum, and more!

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30 Years of Tenement Museum Milestones

Look back at some of the milestones that have shaped the Tenement Museum’s first 30 years.

Browse the latest articles from the Tenement Museum.

Blog Archive | Jan 15, 2019

A Belated Birthday Celebration

January 2nd, 2019 was Ellis Island's 127th birthday! We talk a lot about Ellis Island...

Blog Archive | Oct 30, 2018

2018 Holiday Gift Guide

The Tenement Museum has a wide array of books, housewares, gifts, knick-knacks, and...

Blog Archive | Oct 10, 2018

What Lies Beneath

If someone opened up the floorboards of your home, what would they find? A grain of rice...

Blog Archive | Sep 20, 2018

Museum Educator Discovers Unexpected Tenement Ties

If this story inspires you to discover your own family ties,  the Tenement Museum is...

Blog Archive | Aug 7, 2018

Summer Escapism: Coney Island Dreaming

Coney Island's Luna Park, one of the Island's most popular amusement parks,...

Blog Archive, Great Reads | Aug 3, 2018

New Immigrant History Museum Opening in the Hudson Valley

It’s not often you get to see inside of a museum before its official opening. But if you...

Blog Archive | Jul 25, 2018

30 Years of Tenement Museum Milestones

As the Tenement Museum celebrates its 30th anniversary, we are looking back at some of the...

Blog Archive, Great Reads | May 8, 2018

Modern Parenting from 1878

We know that being a mother is the hardest job in the world – moms are nurses,...

Gala 2018 sign on a table with flowers
Blog Archive | Apr 27, 2018

Tenement Museum Gala 2018 Recap!

The Tenement Museum's 3 Presidents: Ruth Abram, Morris J. Vogel & Kevin Jennings...


Meet some of the people whose stories are told through the Tenement Museum. A visually compelling experience, the book is culmination of over 30 years of dedicated stewardship of 2 Tenement buildings on Orchard Street through vivid photographs of the last two centuries.

Your Story, Our Story features objects that tell personal stories of American immigration and migration. The Tenement Museum invites people across the country to share these mementos and stories in our online digital storytelling exhibit.