Teacher Resources

At the Tenement Museum, we strive to support learning by helping students draw inspiration from the distant and recent past. Our stories of newcomers persevering through great uncertainty and hardship offer lessons on community, family, and navigating challenges together. The Tenement Museum offers a unique variety of teacher resources to support history being taught in the classroom.

You’ll find a variety of Tenement Museum teacher resources for in-person and virtual instruction – including lesson plans perfectly adaptable for any classroom, virtual or in-person, digital exhibitsvirtual field trips, writing activities, English-language learning workshops, teacher professional development, and more. Our teacher resources are designed by teachers and tested by teachers!

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Onsite School Visits

Through interactive tours of the tenement buildings and Lower East Side neighborhood, students investigate universal themes of cultural identity, discrimination, and human rights. All programs are led by skilled Educators who engage students in activities, storytelling, and conversation to connect their experiences to the past.

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Virtual Field Trips

The Tenement Museum’s virtual school programs offer your class a chance to “visit” our recreated apartments from anywhere in the world. Our Educators take students into the building and apartments using pre-recorded video, 360° images, and primary sources, drawing lessons suited to your curriculum to share stories of the families who lived in our historic buildings. 

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Lesson Plans

With Tenement Museum teacher resources, students become historians. Using our teacher-tested lesson plans, students engage in inquiry and learn to use critical thinking to interpret objects, oral histories, and primary sources while making history relevant to today. Lesson plans are adaptable for any classroom, virtual or in-person!

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Your Story, Our Story

All students are experts of their own experiences and their stories belong in museums! Your Story, Our Story, a national storytelling project, offers students a chance to be included in the historic record and connect their experiences to those of others, to better understand the role of ordinary people in shaping the past, present, and future of our society. Students write and share a personal story, told through an object or tradition important to their identity.

More Collections to Discover

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 perfect for online learning include Beyond Statistics: Living in a Pandemic, Tenement Women: Agents of Change, and In Praise of Stuff: The Tenement Museum’s Collections!

Museum’s Online Collections

The Tenement Museum online photo archive contains thousands of images for teaching and exploring: try searching terms like “Lower East Side” or “Street Scene” or click “Random Images” for a surprise assortment. Browse our historical resource of  more than 1,500 images spanning from the 1860s to today.

Teaching Resources

We offer teacher-designed, teacher-tested unit and lesson plans where students learn to interpret objects, oral histories, primary sources, and non-fiction family stories while making modern connections – made for flexible use in your classroom.


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