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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Blog Archive | May 1, 2014

First Months Rent Free, But No Security

New Yorkers love talking real estate – this might be the only place on earth where...

Blog Archive | Apr 29, 2014

Family Life Support

The novel Family Life by Akhil Sharma, which will be the focus of our Tenement Talk May...

Blog Archive | Apr 24, 2014

April’s Visitor of the Month

Our visitors are what make the Tenement Museum the thriving and growing place that it is...

Blog Archive | Apr 22, 2014

Today’s Other Half

Monday April 28th, the Museum's Tenement Talk series will host a conversation about...

Blog Archive | Apr 17, 2014

Ridley’s… Believe It or Not!

The Tenement Museum offers four different walking tours, where our visitors will take a...

Blog Archive | Apr 15, 2014

Getting “Hooked” – 19th Century Human Smuggling on the Mexican Border

Next week’s Tenement Talk discusses After They Closed the Gates, an exploration of...


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.