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 25, 2015

Passport to Lunch

New York City: The Melting Pot of America. But what exactly is in that pot? And how...

Blog Archive | Aug 19, 2015

Tea Time: The Story of the Nom Wah Tea Parlor

On the horizon are those halcyon days of fall. The days are warm, the nights are crisp...

Blog Archive | Aug 11, 2015

Brewing Bustelo: the unlikely story of how a Cuban flavor captured the attention of New York and then the Nation

Bustelo Coffee should be pretty self-explanatory. It is a beloved Cuban-style coffee...

Blog Archive | Aug 5, 2015

Get in Touch: Another Kind of Tour at the Tenement Museum

  Many of the tours at the Tenement Museum take place in 97 Orchard Street. 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.