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!
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.
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.
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.
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’.
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.
The Stories of 97 Orchard Street
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
Tenement Women: Agents of Change
Browse Remote Learning Resources
Browse reading and writing activities, listening and watching activities, interactive games, and more.