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!

Browse the latest articles from the Tenement Museum.

Great Reads, New York City History | Oct 30, 2020

Haunted by History Part III: Memory Phantoms

Great Reads, New York City History | Oct 21, 2020

Haunted by History Part II: Restless Spirits

Great Reads, New York City History | Oct 14, 2020

Haunted by History Part I: Lost Souls

Great Reads, New York City History | Sep 30, 2020

Tenement Pets

New York City Architecture, New York City History | Sep 9, 2020

Tenement Pests

Great Reads, Postcards from the Lower East Side | Sep 2, 2020

A Garden Grows in the LES

Immigration History, New York City Architecture, New York City History | Sep 2, 2020

Beautiful Days in the Neighborhood


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.