From digital exhibits to behind-the-scenes articles to our award-winning podcast mini-series, find yourself immersed in the stories that make the Tenement Museum so unique.
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 Brick by Brick: The Many Lives of 103 Orchard Street, In Praise of Stuff: The Tenement Museum’s Collections, and Tenement Women: Agents of Change.
Featured Digital Exhibits
Brick by Brick:
The Many Lives of 103 Orchard Street
Our tenement at 103 Orchard Street is unlike any other, with its long, rich, and sometimes complex history hidden behind layers of sturdy brick and an ornamental cornice. Explore the history of this building and the city’s tenement residences, businesses, and cultural centers through the 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries.
In Praise of Stuff:
The Tenement Museum’s Collections
Discover how the Tenement Museum brings the stories of our tenement families to life through the objects in our collections: everyday items that were either left behind in the buildings, heirlooms donated by the families of former residents, relayed to us through oral histories, or purchased in order to accurately recreate a space.
Agents of Change
From politics to pop culture, women on the Lower East Side have long led movements for social, cultural, and political change. Discover stories of workers and activists, creators and changemakers who brought new ideas to their homes, streets and factories and their legacies today.
Movies, documentaries, book talks, panel discussions, and more! Check out our archive of educational programming — made for researching students, history lovers, and the curious-minded.
Notes from the Tenement
From curious anecdotes and fun recipes to scholarly research and deep dives, get a behind-the-scenes look at special Museum content on our blog – curated by our historians and staff.
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.
How to Be American
The stories that are not in your standard history book.
How to Be American examines the history you thought you know and shares the stories of the immigrants, migrants, and refugees who’ve helped shape the story of America.
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’.
Digital Collections & Exhibits
Your Story, Our Story
Your Story, Our Story features objects and traditions that tell personal stories of American migration and cultural identity. Explore stories from across the country and share your won in this special digital storytelling exhibit.
Sharing Stories of the Tenement Experience
The Lower East Side
The Lower East Side has been home to an incredibly diverse set of immigrants and migrants dating back to the 1800s.
97 Orchard Street
97 Orchard Street is a historic tenement that was home to an estimated 7,000 people from over 20 nations between 1863 and 1935.
103 Orchard Street
103 Orchard Street was home to more than 10,000 people who reflected the diverse immigrant and migrant populations of the Lower East Side from 1888 to present day.
Immigration in America
Few things have shaped the American identity as decisively as the history of migration and immigration in the US. Discover the role that immigration has played in shaping our nation.