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!

Featured Post

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 | Jun 26, 2014

June’s Visitors of the Month

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

Blog Archive | Jun 24, 2014

Crime on the Lower East Side

    People often ask us if 97 Orchard Street was ever the scene of any...

Blog Archive | Jun 19, 2014

Business Senselessness

The Lower East Side has a long history of family owned and operated businesses, many of...

Blog Archive | Jun 17, 2014

The Many Faces of 103 Orchard

Although the opening our new exhibits at 103 Orchard Street is still a few years away,...

Blog Archive | Jun 12, 2014

Hearst History and Our History

A Backstage Visit to Hearst Castle By Sarah Litvin, Tenement Museum Educator On my...

Blog Archive | Jun 10, 2014

The Decline and Fall of Kleindeutschland

You have to be pretty diligent to see the remains of Kleindeutschland in the Lower East...

Blog Archive | Jun 5, 2014

The Lower East Side and Chinatown

After last night's Tenement Talk with Jack Tchen, co-author of the book Yellow Peril!...

Blog Archive | Jun 3, 2014

Family Foods

Wednesday night, June 11th, writer Laura Silver will come to the Museum to discuss her...


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.