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 | Dec 6, 2013

It’s Merenda Time!

One hundred years ago yesterday, the Confino family home at 97 Orchard Street would have...

Blog Archive | Nov 15, 2013

Hungry for History

We tell the stories of the extraordinary lives of ordinary Americans at the Tenement...

Blog Archive | Oct 21, 2013

Adventures With Victoria, Part 2: An Old Lady at 14?

2013 is the 100 year anniversary of 11 year old Victoria Confino's immigration to New York...

Blog Archive | Oct 10, 2013

Adventures With Victoria, Part 1: What Would Vickie Do?

On what was probably a steamy day in August, 1913, the S.S. Argentina pulled into New York...

Blog Archive | Feb 28, 2013

Child’s Play at 97 Orchard

Most visitors don’t notice it, but the re-created apartments in our tenement are...


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.