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!

Browse the latest articles from the Tenement Museum.

Great Reads, Postcards from the Lower East Side | May 22, 2020

A Small Town on Orchard Street

Winnie Gu, 2020
Great Reads, Immigration History | May 21, 2020

A Model Minority or a Chinese Virus: Which is it?

Girls dance around a maypole in Seward Park, 1890s
Great Reads, New York City Architecture | May 15, 2020

Where the City Kids Play

Great Reads, New York City Architecture, Postcards from the Lower East Side | May 15, 2020

Bathhouses Have Great Acoustics

Great Reads, Postcards from the Lower East Side | May 6, 2020

A letter to Yonah Schimmel’s Knish Bakery

Blog Archive, Great Reads | Apr 24, 2020

Some Thoughts on the Early History of Kindergarten

No matter your age, you can probably remember your kindgergarten teacher’s name....

Blog Archive | Apr 16, 2020

How the Germans Changed Beer in America

The kitchen at Schneider's Saloon; Caroline Schneider prepared meals for patrons...

Great Reads | Apr 16, 2020

Remembering… STICKBALL!

The great Willie Mays playing a game of stickball in NYC. Last month, the millions...


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.