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 | Sep 11, 2012

Where Pushcarts Meet Touch Screens

For almost 25 years, the Tenement Museum has been connecting past and present by drawing...

Blog Archive, Great Reads | Sep 7, 2012

Great Reads: “At Home: A Short History of Private Life”

I have a great job. Working in the Tenement Museum’s bookshop provides me with immediate...

Blog Archive | Sep 5, 2012

Collecting the Stories of Life on the LES

A lot has happened in the Lower East Side since 97 Orchard Street was closed to...

Blog Archive | Aug 30, 2012

New Season, New Ideas, New Tenement Talks!

What do Opium Wars and Supreme Court decisions have in common with Emily Dickinson’s...

Blog Archive | Aug 28, 2012

Summer Share: New York and New Jersey Meet on the Shore

Is this term "Benny" familiar to you? Does it make you roll your eyes and sigh heavily,...

Blog Archive | Aug 24, 2012

Back to School: Some Thoughts on the Early History of Kindergarten

The weather is turning cooler, which can only mean one thing here in New York... it's...

Blog Archive | Aug 23, 2012

How the Germans Changed Beer in America

We've been talking about beer at the Tenement Museum lately...and not just at happy...


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.