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 | Nov 5, 2012

Introducing Tenement Kitchens

Tours of 97 Orchard Street recreate immigrant life in the nineteenth and twentieth...

Blog Archive | Oct 24, 2012

Great Question: Where is Kastoria?

Questions posed by our visitors lead to great conversations. Occasionally, we’ll post...

Blog Archive | Oct 21, 2012

Beer and Morality in the 19th Century

Our upcoming "Shop Life" exhibit re-creates the lager bier saloon operated by John...

Blog Archive | Oct 16, 2012

“Washboard Weepers”: Soap Operas in the Days of Radio

If you've taken our "Hard Times" tour, you've seen how life changed for residents over the...

Blog Archive | Oct 11, 2012

New Friends, New Histories

Recently, the Tenement Museum’s Oral Historians Yadira Hazel Perez and Tommy Wu have...

Blog Archive | Oct 9, 2012

Art (and Food) Beyond Sight

This month, the Tenement Museum is joining organizations around the country to celebrate...

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 | Oct 1, 2012

The Etrog and the Moon Cake: Autumn Festivals on the LES

Though we don't do much farming in New York City (we'll talk about some notable exceptions...

Blog Archive | Sep 26, 2012

Great Question: How Did Slum Clearance Impact Neighborhoods?

Questions posed by our visitors lead to great conversations. Occasionally, we'll post a...

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.