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 | Dec 27, 2012

German Christmas

A few months ago we talked about how we have the German-American immigrants to thank for...

Blog Archive | Dec 20, 2012

A Tenement Treat

Gingerbread is a tasty tradition. For centuries, the festive holiday treat played...

Blog Archive | Dec 17, 2012

Meat Hooked!

Butchery has a long history in New York City. Our "Shop Life" exhibit includes the story...

Blog Archive | Dec 14, 2012

A Baldizzi Christmas at 97 Orchard

Josephine Baldizzi, whose family history and personal artifacts gave shape to our Hard...

Blog Archive | Dec 11, 2012

Stories Behind a New Collection

Here at the Tenement Museum, we rely heavily on the stories of Lower East Siders and their...

Blog Archive | Dec 6, 2012

Gran Cocina Latina

In this city of intrepid foragers, Bergenline Avenue, on the Jersey side of the Lincoln...

Blog Archive | Dec 3, 2012

The Official Launch of “Shop Life”!

After ten months of painstaking construction, our Shop Life exhibit officially opens...


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.