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 | Oct 31, 2013

Historically Haunted

Many visitors ask our educators if the Tenement Museum is haunted. While we can’t attest...

Blog Archive | May 22, 2013

A New Take on Urban Agriculture

In 2008, I joined AmeriCorps and was placed in an organization called New York Restoration...

Blog Archive | Apr 30, 2013

Eleven Madison Park Visits the Tenement

Last Tuesday, the Tenement Museum hosted the sixth Culinary Conversation of the season. At...

Blog Archive | Mar 12, 2013

Revisiting the German Table

Editor’s Note: On March 19, we’ll host our next Culinary Conversation, The New...

Blog Archive | Feb 21, 2013

New Highlights Video

We hope you're enjoying the Museum's extended hours on Thursdays! You can shop at 103...

Blog Archive | Jan 14, 2013

Bread Givers and Becoming a Person

Editor's Note: Meredith Heil is the Museum's Tenement Talks & Culinary Conversations...

Blog Archive | Nov 13, 2012

Tenement Talk: Jewish Jocks

This Wednesday evening, we'll welcome Marc Tracy, Ira Berkow, Joshua Cohen and Liel...

Blog Archive | Oct 4, 2012

Four Fall Talks with Vivian Gornick

This fall, author Vivian Gornick is leading a series of four Tenement Talks on...

Blog Archive | Sep 24, 2012

Dinner Dates at the Tenement!

When we get to talking about culture, community, and home, the subject of food is...


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.