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 25, 2017

The Gunfight at Rivington Street

On a warm Tuesday night in 1903, the Levine family was most likely settling in for...

Blog Archive | Sep 6, 2017

An Updated History of the Undocumented Immigrant

by Lewis Hine Immigration is very much on everyone's mind this week with the...

Blog Archive | Aug 23, 2017

Stitching the Seams Between Past & Present: A Conversation with a Modern NYC Garment Shop

Photo by Lafayette 148 New York It's impossible to talk about New York City's...

Blog Archive | Aug 9, 2017

Sharing a Journey on the Ave. of Immigrants

photo from Patch.com Peeking around the corner of Allen and Delancey Streets is a lone...

Blog Archive | Jul 25, 2017

Joys and Sorrows: Lewis Hine at Ellis Island

All photos courtesy of the New York Public Library Lewis Hine was a social photographer,...

Blog Archive | Jul 11, 2017

The Life of a City: Early Films of New York City

A young man tosses an apple in the air as he chats with a vendor. Pushcarts are piled...

Blog Archive | Jun 21, 2017

The Tenement Museum Summer 2017 Reading List

School may be out for summer (and, for some of you, forever), but that’s no reason...

Blog Archive | May 30, 2017

The Millennials Are Our Future

Millennials are the most frequent and most loyal attendees to cultural institutions,...


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.