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 | Dec 30, 2014

Looking Back on 2014

You would think time might pass more slowly here at the Tenement Museum, where the year is...

Blog Archive | Dec 23, 2014

“Let’s Get Drunk and Make Love”: Lois Long and the Speakeasy

  On January 17th, 1920, when Prohibition became the law of the land, a new kind...

Blog Archive | Dec 18, 2014

Hanukkah’s History? Perhaps Not What You Thought

With the holiday season comes holiday cheer…  for some.  Every year among those...

Blog Archive | Dec 16, 2014

Winning Shots: Photography and Tips from our Snapshot Event

On December 5th we opened our doors to visitors, and their cameras, for Snapshot, a...

Blog Archive | Dec 11, 2014

A Study in Contradictions: A Tenement Museum Employee Visits Saudi Arabia

How do you imagine Saudi Arabia? Desert? Camels? Oil? Oppressed women? That was what I...

Blog Archive | Dec 9, 2014

The Tenement Museum Gift Guide: (because you haven’t finished your holiday shopping yet) Part Two

Brooklyn Wash Bag $24.99 You know who she is: that lady in your life who always knows...

Blog Archive | Dec 4, 2014

Honoring a Grandparent’s American Journey: Our Shared Journeys Program

Long-time Tenement Museum supporter Marilyn Machlowitz wanted to honor her grandmother’s...

Blog Archive | Dec 2, 2014

Tenement Museum Gift Guide for Holiday 2014

The Little Book Of Jewish Celebrations $18.95 With all the sparkle and shine of the...


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.