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 | Apr 28, 2015

Ruined, but not Destroyed: The Beauty of Disuse in an English Castle and our New York Tenement

  And we thought our tenement was old… what does a 13th-century castle have in...

Blog Archive | Apr 21, 2015

Looking at the Great Migration

There is one tale of American Migration that is so different from the rest, that it...

Blog Archive | Apr 16, 2015

The Tenement Museum Top Sellers List

The Tenement Museum Shop, located at 103 Orchard Street, is always hopping with shoppers.

Blog Archive | Apr 14, 2015

A Door to the Past: the Photographs of Roy Colmer

If government research can be respected as art, can respected art become social...

Blog Archive | Apr 9, 2015

Recipes for Remembrance: Victoria Confino’s Passover Seder

Passover (Pesach in Hebrew) is the ultimate food holiday. Unlike so many Jewish holidays...

Blog Archive | Apr 2, 2015

Tenement Reflections: The Tales of a Tortured Tenant

While many new immigrant families arrived in America seeking different opportunities...


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.