Digital Stories

While you can’t visit our historic tenement buildings, you can still explore the stories that serve as the foundation of the Tenement Museum. From digital exhibits to behind-the-scenes articles to our award-winning podcast, you will find yourself immersed in the stories that make the Museum so unique.

Black and white photo of Jacob Burinescu's family standing on either side of his tombstone

Digital Exhibits

Visit the Tenement Museum’s interactive, digital exhibits, which provide a fascinating, in-depth historical look at life on the Lower East Side. Current exhibits include Immigrants Mean Business:  An Enduring History of Entrepreneurship, Beyond Statistics: Living in a Pandemic, Tenement Women: Agents of Change, and The Census: Reading Between the Lines.

Video Stories

Check out our archive of past virtual and in-person events, including family activities, book talks, teacher workshops, panel discussions, and more.

Listen to Featured Podcast Episodes

Hear the American stories not shared in your standard history book on featured episodes of “How To Be American,” a Tenement Museum Podcast.

Close up view of various colorfully patterned layers of old wallpaper

Behind the Wallpaper

With the support of our members, we have opened up exclusive behind the scenes content to the public. Browse in-depth articles and explore objects from our collection.

Tenement Museum Blog

Explore exciting new reads on our blog, covering a range of topics, and written by long-time Tenement Museum Staffers.

Explore Life in a Tenement

Meet the former residents of our two historic buildings and find out what life was like in a tenement.

Explore Life in America

Learn what life was like on the Lower East Side over time and explore the history of immigration in America.

Graphic for 103 Orchard Street website with a sectioned collage of pictures from the 1950s, 60s, and 70s

Browse Remote Learning Resources

Browse reading and writing activities, listening and watching activities, interactive games, and more.

Screenshot from a group video call. Seven Museum staff members smile in front of Tenement-themed virtual backgrounds.

Zoom into the Past

As a way to bring elements of the Tenement experience to you, we have made available images from our historic apartments for you to use as a background on your video calls! Impress your friends and family on your next call by placing yourself in the middle of the Italian Baldizzi family kitchen in the 1920s or the Irish Moore family living room in the 1860s! Join us to #zoomintothepast

Cooking on a choch pot over the stove

Objects of Comfort

Become a part of our collection

As the current crisis becomes a part of our history, will the objects that bring you comfort today become a part of your family’s history tomorrow? Help us build this important collection by submitting your story.

Virtual Experiences

Check out our upcoming live public programs, and find out how to host a private virtual Tenement Museum event of your own!