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 | Mar 31, 2015

Picturing Child Labor: Lewis W. Hine

  Once you have seen a photograph by Lewis W. Hine it is hard to forget it. Though...

Blog Archive | Mar 24, 2015

The Lower East Side: Not Just for Tenements!

The American Institute of Architects, in its Guide to New York City, has this to say...

Blog Archive | Mar 17, 2015

Luck of the Irish: Not Always a Good Thing

Though it is forgotten annually by legions of young people celebrating in green,there...

Blog Archive | Mar 10, 2015

Guest Blogger: Emily Spivack

Emily Spivack has some major accomplishments under her belt, and you can be sure that belt...

Blog Archive | Mar 5, 2015

Learning Through Lunchtime

What can a school lunch teach you about immigration? A lot, according to Lower East Side...

Blog Archive | Mar 3, 2015

History Repeats Itself : Inspect & Protect Your Tenement

Relics in our present often spark an intriguing interest to look back into our past....


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.