Our Stories Need You
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.
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.
Communities don’t always have all the facts they need to reconstruct past realities, nor do institutions have all the histories to preserve the past. In this episode, we’ll uncover a Pre-Harlem World that’s been buried for more than 156 years.
I Would Cross a Million Borders
Explore how two women, one during the 20s and one just a few years ago, navigated the American immigration system and all its pitfalls.
Explore the history of stickball with baseball historians and stickball players and learn about the significance of being able to turn city streets and the sides of buildings into your very own ‘field of dreams’.
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.
The Stories of 97 Orchard Street
The Stories of 103 Orchard Street
Explore Life in America
Learn what life was like on the Lower East Side over time and explore the history of immigration in America.
Life on the Lower East Side
Immigration in America
Browse Remote Learning Resources
Browse reading and writing activities, listening and watching activities, interactive games, and more.
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
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.
Check out our upcoming live public programs, and find out how to host a private virtual Tenement Museum event of your own!