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 | Feb 27, 2014

February’s Visitor of the Month

Our visitors are what make the Tenement Museum the thriving and growing place that it is...

Blog Archive | Feb 26, 2014

Sojourner Truth; Abolitionist, Suffragist, Lower East Sider

February is Black History Month! While we're in favor of broadening our collective...

Blog Archive | Feb 25, 2014

A Standing Ovation for The Jewish Rialto

These days, film and television shoots are a common occurrence on the Lower East Side (the...

Blog Archive | Feb 18, 2014

A Presidential Celebration

Yesterday was Presidents' Day here in the United States.  Over the years, this holiday...

Blog Archive | Feb 14, 2014

A Tenement Museum Dating Guide

In this age of emails and texts, it can often seem that romance and manners have taken a...

Blog Archive | Feb 11, 2014

Staffers and Neighbors Part 3: David Eng

Staffers and Neighbors is a three part series about three Tenement Museum employees who...

Blog Archive | Feb 6, 2014

Welcoming the Year of the Horse

Happy 4712, everyone! Friday, January 31st was Chinese (also known as Lunar) New Year,...

Blog Archive | Feb 4, 2014

A New Chapter

For more than 25 years, the Tenement Museum has been telling the stories of 97 Orchard...


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.