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!
New Digital Exhibit
Beyond Statistics: Living in a Pandemic
This interactive exhibit traces the stories of five former residents of the Museum’s tenement buildings, from the 1860s through the 1990s, who lived with and ultimately died from, contagious disease. We invite you to look closer and examine the stories of individuals who live with illnesses, past and present. Who are they, and what are their experiences?
The Census: Reading Between the Lines
This year, we all have a chance to be part of history by participating in the 2020 Census. In this digital exhibit, you’ll get a behind the scenes look at how our Museum historians have used the census to learn how residents of the Lower East Side lived.
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
Upcoming Virtual Live Events
Explore our schedule of weekly virtual live events including book talks, cooking demos, guided activities for kids and families, panel discussions and more. You can view video recordings of past virtual live events.
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.
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.
New Blog Series
Explore exciting new reads on our blog, covering a range of topics, and written by long-time Tenement Museum Staffers.
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’.
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.