Experience The Museum From Home

While our physical doors may have temporarily closed, you can still experience the Tenement Museum from home. We are continually developing new and exciting ways for the community to visit the Museum from home, so stay tuned for more soon!

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 Beyond Statistics: Living in a Pandemic, Tenement Women: Agents of Change, and The Census: Reading Between the Lines.

Upcoming Virtual Events

Explore our schedule of weekly virtual live events including book talks, cooking demos, guided activities for kids and families, panel discussions and more. 


Collage poster for "Private Virtual Events" with pictures from different family apartments.

Private Virtual Events

Whether you are planning a group experience for your staff, alumni group, club, family, or friends, the Tenement Museum offers truly unique virtual event options. Your guests will interact with experts, educators, or costumed interpreters, and be guided through the recreated spaces of our historic tenement buildings and the lives of the families who lived there, using videos, archival images, and oral histories.

Watch Past Events

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

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

New 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

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.

The Avatar for America

Dive into the history of comic books! Explore the origin story of comic books and hear what superheroes can teach us about American society.

Drawing of a woman with medium-brown skin tone in front of an American flag, the Statue of Liberty, and the silhouettes of refugees

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.

A group of young adults play stickball on the street. The batter takes a swing as the catcher and umpire wait expectantly behind

Our Game

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’.

Exclusive Behind the Scenes Articles

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.

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.

Watch Featured Tenement Talks

Watch in-depth panel discussions featuring experts on a wide range of topics.

Explore Life in a Tenement

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

Family Photo

The Stories of 97 Orchard Street

Mrs Wong and Kevin in front of their home on Delancey Street circa 1980

The Stories of 103 Orchard Street

Explore Life on the Lower East Side

Learn what life was like on the Lower East Side through history and explore how tenement women made an impact.

Life on the Lower East Side

Two adult women standing on a busy sidewalk wearing formal hats, dresses, and large sashes that read "Picket Ladies Tailors Strikers"

Tenement Women: Agents of Change

Browse Remote Learning Resources

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