Virtual School Programs

The Tenement Museum’s private K-12 programs offers your class a chance a ‘visit’ to our recreated apartments from anywhere in the world. During a live, online interactive event, our Tenement Museum Educators will take you into the building and apartments using pre-recorded video, and share stories of a family who lived in our historic buildings. These visits happen on a private Zoom meeting, with opportunities to interact and ask questions through chat or audio, depending on the size of your group.

Virtual Field Trips

Programs are a 60-minute interactive virtual visit to the Tenement Museum, with a Tenement Museum Educator, available and adapted for grade bands 2-3, 4-6, and 7-12. We’ll take you inside our historic 97 or 103 Orchard Street buildings and through the history of a family who lived there. You’ll learn about daily life in the past, see the spaces, meet the people, and get to ask us questions.

We are able to accommodate school groups between 15-100 students. For availability, further questions, and pricing, please email [email protected] or fill out the following form.

Brown vanity dresser with family objects displayed in the recreated Baldizzi family parlor inside 97 Orchard Street

The Baldizzi family story features an Italian American family in the 1920s that lived at 97 Orchard Street and discusses how they found support through difficult circumstances. We will talk about what it takes to start a new life in a new place and see how the Baldizzi family met the challenges of living through the Great Depression. In addition to virtually visiting the Baldizzi home, students will explore a ship passenger list, oral histories and family photographs.

Partial view of Rogarshevsky family parlor with bright red walls, an elegant burgundy couch, and a white wooden sidedoor

The Rogarshevsky family story features a Jewish American family in 1911, and how they balanced work, tradition and culture in the Lower East Side while living at 97 Orchard Street. We will discuss the difficulties of factory work and learn about labor unions and working conditions through Bessie, the teenage daughter of the family. In addition to virtually visiting the Rogarshevsky home, students will explore a 1900 census and many historical photographs.

Zoom-out view of the Saez-Velez family's colorfully-patterned living room with a plastic-covered couch and armchair, and a small TV

The Saez Velez family story features a Puerto Rican family who lived at 103 Orchard Street from 1963 to 2011. Students learn about Puerto Rican migration to New York in the 1950’s and 60’s and the challenges faced in a new place. We will discuss the ways different generations of the Saez Velez family met these challenges by building community at home, school, work, and in the neighborhood and how their efforts made a difference on a larger scale. In addition to virtually visiting the Saez Velez home, students will explore video interviews and examine family and neighborhood photos.

The Wong family story features a Chinese American family who lived in 103 Orchard Street from the 1960’s to the 2010’s. Students will learn about Chinese immigration to New York against the backdrop of a long history of restrictive laws. We’ll look at how they made a home in the neighborhood and how their experiences reflect the growth of Chinese communities and the garment industry in New York. Why was Mrs. Wong’s work in the garment industry so important for the family? How did the children navigate their Chinese and American identities? In addition to virtually visiting Wong family home and a recreated Garment shop, students will explore video interviews with the family and with scholars and examine family and neighborhood photos.

For the time being, this program is only available for students grades 7-12.

ESOL Workshops

Virtual Shared Journeys | Grades 6-12 and Adults
Free ESOL workshops for New York City public middle and high school students provide a unique context for English language learning, help students place their own immigration experience within a broader historical and political framework, and promote critical engagement with civic issues.

School Group FAQs

Fill out our Group Request Form at least two weeks prior to your desired program date. We will respond via email with dates and timeslots that match your availabilityYour program is confirmed once you submit payment for the program. 

Our virtual field trips can accommodate up to 100 people. We encourage you to book tickets on one of our Virtual Events if you would like to purchase individual tickets. 

Price varies by number of people, device, and program. We offer discounted rates for NYC Title 1 schools. Full payment is due two weeks prior to the program date. Please email [email protected] with pricing questions and concerns.

We understand not all students may be able to log on at once. An additional charge will be added to the cost of your program. If you have multiple programs booked, the charge will be applied to each program. The recording will be active for four weeks.