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!

Browse the latest articles from the Tenement Museum.

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...

Blog Archive | Dec 19, 2017

Our American Holiday: Refugees and the Meaning of Hanukkah

What is the American holiday tradition? It might not be what you think it is. Or rather,...

Blog Archive | Dec 6, 2017

Our American Holiday: Saint Nicholas Day

What is the American holiday tradition? It might not be what you think it is. Or rather,...

Blog Archive | Nov 14, 2017


The Tenement Museum has a wide array of books, housewares, gifts, knick-knacks, and...

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...

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.