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 | Apr 25, 2017

Shine ‘Em Up Sadie

When Josephine Baldizzi was a little girl, she and her family were evicted from 97...

Blog Archive | Oct 4, 2016

The Photos of Wijnanda Deroo: The Ruins of Orchard Street

103 Orchard Street interior, Deroo, 2016 If you’ve taken a tour at the Tenement Museum...

Blog Archive | Jun 21, 2016

The Paper Chase

A toy doll's head found in the ceiling of 97 Orchard Street. Just one of the many objects...

Blog Archive | Jul 18, 2013

Fun With Linoleum (No, Really!)

Recently, we've done some conservation work that required us to pry up floorboards in...

Blog Archive | Jul 15, 2013

A Tenement So Hot, It’s Got to Have Shades

As you may have guessed, and as our summer visitors may have experienced, the...

Blog Archive | Mar 7, 2013

Waking Up at 97 Orchard Street

Spring is just around the corner… we hope! To help us through these last winter days, we...

Blog Archive | Jan 10, 2013

Innovative Conservation at 97 Orchard

For some of our visitors, the restored apartments at 97 Orchard Street are the most...


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.