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 | Jan 25, 2017

Made of Star Stuff, And Some Other Stuff, Too

My mother on an English seashore, early 1960s. She is not a cop. Last year, in the...

Blog Archive | Jan 17, 2017

The Yoga Connection

The vast majority of people in the United States have heard of, if not practiced, some...

Blog Archive | Oct 31, 2016

Hyphenated And Good: Filipino American Heritage Month

In 1915, Theodore Roosevelt said, “There is no such thing as a hyphenated American who...

Blog Archive | Aug 9, 2016

Interning for History

Summer internships are a bit like summer movie blockbusters. They’re either going to...

Blog Archive | Aug 3, 2016

My Immigrant Story

Here are two stories about getting a government-issued I.D.: 1. Six years ago, I sat in...


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.