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 | Aug 31, 2013

With Roots Like These, No Wonder I Have Wanderlust (Part 3)

The third installment in a series by Victoria Marin, an Educator at the Lower East Side...

Blog Archive | Aug 27, 2013

Stories Yun Told Me: Not Even The Sky

“Stories Yun Told Me” is a series created by Tenement Museum Educators Jason Eisner...

Blog Archive | Aug 22, 2013

With Roots Like These, No Wonder I Have Wanderlust (Part 2)

The second installment in a series by Victoria Marin, one of the wonderful educators at...

Blog Archive | Aug 20, 2013

Museums, Oral History and Social Change: Hearing Voices on the Lower East Side

This post was written by Ellen Brooks, the Education Intern for the Tenement Museum...

Blog Archive | Aug 15, 2013

With Roots Like These, No Wonder I Have Wanderlust

For the next few weeks, we'll feature a series by Victoria Marin, one of the wonderful...

Blog Archive | Aug 13, 2013

StoryKeep: Family Stories from Herring to Chutney

This post is brought to you by Jamie Yuenger and David Anderson of StoryKeep,...

Blog Archive | Aug 8, 2013

Laws that Make you a Little Blue

In the 1970's, locals knew that the Lower East Side was the only place around that had...

Blog Archive | Aug 6, 2013

New in 97 Orchard: Updating the Baldizzi Apartment

It’s fair to say that unless you live in one of those beautiful...

Blog Archive | Aug 1, 2013

Summer Camp: Bug Bites, Sunburns, and Yiddish!

During steamy Manhattan summers, many of us dream of escaping the scalding sidewalks and...


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.