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 | Nov 26, 2013

A History of the Undocumented Immigrant

The modern immigration debate often seems all-consumed with the number of undocumented...

Blog Archive | Nov 26, 2013

Giving Thanks at the Tenement Museum

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! This is the week to celebrate large balloons on Fifth...

Blog Archive | Nov 25, 2013

Holiday Gift Giving, New York Style! Part Three of the Tenement Gift Guide

With Hannukah and Black Friday all in one week, I'm sure that you've got everything...

Blog Archive | Nov 19, 2013

Keeping Kosher in 17th Century New York City

November 15th, 1660 was, by any means, a normal day in the small Dutch-controlled hamlet...

Blog Archive | Nov 18, 2013

Holiday Gift Giving, New York Style! Part Two of the Tenement Gift Guide

Welcome back! Have you gotten all your shopping done after our Holiday Gift Guide, Pt....

Blog Archive | Nov 15, 2013

Hungry for History

We tell the stories of the extraordinary lives of ordinary Americans at the Tenement...

Blog Archive | Nov 12, 2013

Honoring Our Veterans: John Schneider and Adolph Schmager

95 years ago yesterday, the Allied and Axis Powers signed a cease-fire ending the First...

Blog Archive | Nov 11, 2013

Holiday Gift Giving, New York Style! Part One of the Tenement Gift Guide

Uh oh, everyone. It's that time again.... holiday shopping season! Are you buying gifts...

Blog Archive | Nov 8, 2013

Home Cookin’ With Hinde

Every day at 97 Orchard Street, our educators stand in the tenement kitchens and explain...

Blog Archive | Nov 5, 2013

Oswald Ottendorfer for Mayor!

  It's election day in New York City, and here at the Tenement Museum, we're...


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.