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 7, 2018

Summer Escapism: Coney Island Dreaming

Coney Island's Luna Park, one of the Island's most popular amusement parks,...

Blog Archive, Great Reads | Aug 3, 2018

New Immigrant History Museum Opening in the Hudson Valley

It’s not often you get to see inside of a museum before its official opening. But if you...

Blog Archive | Jul 25, 2018

30 Years of Tenement Museum Milestones

As the Tenement Museum celebrates its 30th anniversary, we are looking back at some of the...

Blog Archive, Great Reads | May 8, 2018

Modern Parenting from 1878

We know that being a mother is the hardest job in the world – moms are nurses,...

Gala 2018 sign on a table with flowers
Blog Archive | Apr 27, 2018

Tenement Museum Gala 2018 Recap!

The Tenement Museum's 3 Presidents: Ruth Abram, Morris J. Vogel & Kevin Jennings...

Blog Archive | Mar 23, 2018

#NeverAgain and the Fighting Legacy of the Triangle Factory Fire

Protest after the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire, 4/5/1911. National Archives,...

Blog Archive | Jan 31, 2018

Ode to a Plastic Covered Couch

Coney Island has its Cyclone, the American Museum of Natural History its dinosaurs, MoMA...

Blog Archive | Jan 19, 2018

7 Protests That Shook Lower Manhattan

New Yorkers have always known one idea to be true: there's strength in numbers. 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.