Virtual Field Trips

On virtual field trips at the Tenement Museum, students dive into the past through 360° images, videos, primary sources, and immersive photogrammetric tours. On their virtual visit, students explore history through the stories of real people and see how their own stories are part of history.

Immigration and migration are the foundation for all programs, and museum educators connect the themes of belonging, community building, and cultural adaptation in programming to create entry points for students of all identities and experiences.

Programs are available for students of all grades K-12 and led by a museum educator over Zoom for an interactive, inquiry-based experience flexible to every classroom style.

All virtual field trips at the Tenement Museum are aligned with the National Education Standards, the C3 framework, and multi-state Social Studies Scope and Sequence.

School Group Rates

K-12 Title 1 Schools

Virtual Field Trip | Up to 50 participants $50

K-12 Public Schools

Virtual Field Trip | Up to 50 participants $125

K-12 Private Schools

Virtual Field Trip | Up to 50 participants $175

*Please note: Additional fees apply for our Meet Victoria program.

Current Programs

Explore the timeline of our tenement families and find the right program for your class!

1910s • The Rogarshevsky Family

By 1911, the Lower East Side had become both the most densely populated area in the country and the largest Jewish city in the world. Explore how Fannie and Abraham Rogarshevsky and their six children made their way through a turbulent decade while balancing work, family, and their religious faith.

1916 • The Confino Family

Learn about the Confino family, Greek Jewish immigrants who lived in 97 Orchard Street in the 1910s. Victoria Confino and her family immigrated from Kastoria, in modern-day Greece. Through her story, students learn about Victoria’s life in Kastoria, her immigration through Ellis Island, and her life on the Lower East Side.

Women holding picture frame and pointing to it. "Meet Victoria Confino"
Virtual Field Trip
Meet Victoria
All Grades

Students will be transported back in time to 1916 and interact with a costumed interpreter playing Victoria Confino. Victoria will show students her home and daily life, tell stories about her life experiences, and share how her family keeps their culture alive through food, language, holiday celebrations, and more.

1930s • The Baldizzi Family

Adolfo and Rosaria Baldizzi, immigrants from Sicily, Italy, lived at 97 Orchard Street in the 1930s with their two American-born children, Josephine and Johnny. Explore what it takes to start life in a new place, and the challenges of living through the Great Depression and a period of high anti-immigrant sentiment in the country.

1950s • The Epstein Family

Kalman and Rivka Epstein immigrated to the United States in 1947 as refugees, and were part of the first generation of Holocaust survivors to resettle in the United States. Learn about how the Epsteins began life anew through family and community support, their experiences raising their daughters Bella and Blima in an Orchard Street tenement, and how they made a home in the changing Lower East Side of the 1950s.

Virtual Field Trip
Searching for Belonging: A Child of Holocaust Refugees
High School

Drawing on an extensive primary source archive and Bella’s oral history, students will learn about Bella’s parents arriving as refugees, how they made a new life for themselves in the Lower East Side, and explore how Bella understood her identity as a young girl struggling to find her place in American society.

1960s • The Saez-Velez Family

The Saez Velez family migrated to New York City from Ciales, Puerto Rico in 1955, and they were amongst the first large group of Spanish speakers in the city. Students learn about Puerto Ricans as United States citizens, and how brothers José and Andy and their mom Ramonita created support and Puerto Rican community in the Lower East Side, despite many barriers.

Two young men with light skin tones stand opposite each other dressed in dark blue graduation caps and gowns and holding rolled-up diplomas
Virtual Field Trip
Loisada Learning: Puerto Ricans Fight for Equality
Middle & High School

Students will examine the ways the Saez Velez family established themselves in the culturally and racially diverse Lower East Side of the 1960s. Through exploring their story students will learn about Ramonita’s work in the garment industry and her sons’ experiences going to school and forming communities on the Lower East Side in the midst of the fight for bi-lingual education.

1970s • The Wong Family

A Chinese immigrant family, the Wongs moved to New York City in 1965 just as the Hart Cellar Act was passed, allowing for increased Asian immigration. Learn about Mrs. Wong’s work in garment factories and her membership in the International Ladies’ Garment Workers Union, and explore the kids’ lives as Chinese Americans growing up near a blossoming Chinatown.

Photo portrait of Mrs. Wong and her son standing on the street in front of 103 Orchard Street
Virtual Field Trip
From Exclusion to Citizenship: New York’s Chinatown Community
Middle & High School

Students will explore how the Wongs made a home in a growing Chinatown. Video interviews with the Wong Family and immigration scholars allow students to consider how different generations of the family navigate language, schooling, media, and work leading students to consider how they themselves form their own senses of identity and belonging.

Looking for college-level programs?

We offer a special class of virtual field trips for college and university students exploring advanced topics of industrialization and labor, culture and identity, societal movements, and the history of immigration policy.

Teaching Resources

We offer teacher-designed, teacher-tested lesson plans where students learn to interpret objects, oral histories, and primary sources while making modern connections.

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