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 | Jul 30, 2013

The Single Most Important Day of the Year – National Lasagna Day!

We’re a little confused as to why National Lasagna Day is in the hottest part of the...

Blog Archive | Jul 25, 2013

Ludlow Street Today: An Interview with Matt, Former LES Resident

In the early 20th century, Ludlow Street was the most densely populated street in the...

Blog Archive | Jul 23, 2013

A Weekend Trip with Colonial Architecture and Canons

When you think of a weekend getaway to a beach, how often do you associate it with a...

Blog Archive | Jul 18, 2013

Fun With Linoleum (No, Really!)

Recently, we've done some conservation work that required us to pry up floorboards in...

Blog Archive | Jul 16, 2013

On This Day: 1863, The New York City Draft Riots

On this day in 1863, Lower East Side residents would have been very uneasy. The smoke...

Blog Archive | Jul 15, 2013

A Tenement So Hot, It’s Got to Have Shades

As you may have guessed, and as our summer visitors may have experienced, the...

Blog Archive | Jul 9, 2013

Batter Up! Baseball on the Lower East Side

Summer is upon us, and it's time for beaches, beer, boardwalks and baseball. New York...

Blog Archive | Jul 2, 2013

Happy Independence Day!

Happy Independence Day from the Tenement Museum! Tomorrow marks the 237th anniversary...

Blog Archive | Jul 2, 2013

On This Day: 1878, The First Elevated Trains Run in NYC

Did anyone take the subway today? If you did, chances are good that the train went...

Blog Archive | Jul 1, 2013

Celebrate National Parks Month With Birds, Boats, Beaches and Lady Liberty!

It's National Parks and Recreation Month! Dense forests, majestic mountains, and one...


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.