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 26, 2014

Staying Cool in Our Old Age

  The Tenement at 97 Orchard Street may not be the oldest building in New York...

Blog Archive | Aug 19, 2014

Summer Blaze

It is summer in the city, the 79th warmest summer in 138 years to be exact. Can you...

Blog Archive | Aug 14, 2014

Good Neighbors: Joe Montano of University Community Social Services

This week Emily Gallagher, our Community Outreach Coordinator, invites us in, or rather...

Blog Archive | Aug 12, 2014

Getting Your Fill on the Lower East Side

I don’t know about you, but I have the tendency to get pretty hangry (“hangry” =...

Blog Archive | Aug 7, 2014

What Would a Tenement Museum Opening in 2064 Look Like?

If in 2064 someone were to create a museum to look at the lives of NYC immigrants in 2014,...

Blog Archive | Aug 5, 2014

Fanny and Granny: My Connection to Immigration

You know the feeling you get when someone asks you a question and really wants to hear...


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.