Tenement Museum

Tenement Museum The Tenement Museum tells the true stories of American immigrant and migrant families through recreated apartments in historic tenement buildings constructed in New York's historic Lower East Side.
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We are currently open on Fridays-Sundays for Neighborhood Walking Tours, and to visit our Museum Shop. We are still hosting virtual programming and virtual tours of our historic tenement building. You can view our upcoming schedule on tenement.org to learn more. If you're interested in promoting your project via our social media network, please email [email protected]. Our community agreement: Be respectful of the memories the Museum preserves.

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On #WorldRefugeeDay, take a moment to explore Your Story, Our Story, our crowdsourced collection of family histories. Ma...
06/20/2021

On #WorldRefugeeDay, take a moment to explore Your Story, Our Story, our crowdsourced collection of family histories. Many feature descendants of refugees who honor and remember the courage and perseverance of their families.
https://yourstory.tenement.org/stories?query=Refugee

On #WorldRefugeeDay, take a moment to explore Your Story, Our Story, our crowdsourced collection of family histories. Many feature descendants of refugees who honor and remember the courage and perseverance of their families.
https://yourstory.tenement.org/stories?query=Refugee

Happy father’s day from the Tenement Museum! To the dads that like a good practical joke here’s an idea from Jacob Burin...
06/20/2021

Happy father’s day from the Tenement Museum! To the dads that like a good practical joke here’s an idea from Jacob Burinescu: Have a dinner party, make pierogi, hide a piece of cloth inside one, and allow hilarity to ensue! His memory and sense of humor lived on through family stories shared by his wife, Sarah, and their six children.

Happy father’s day from the Tenement Museum! To the dads that like a good practical joke here’s an idea from Jacob Burinescu: Have a dinner party, make pierogi, hide a piece of cloth inside one, and allow hilarity to ensue! His memory and sense of humor lived on through family stories shared by his wife, Sarah, and their six children.

Every Juneteenth, our neighbors at M’Finda Kalunga Community Garden mark the day with art and celebration. Formed in 198...
06/19/2021

Every Juneteenth, our neighbors at M’Finda Kalunga Community Garden mark the day with art and celebration. Formed in 1983 by community members, the lush garden stands on land that once held the second burial ground in New York City for people of African descent, both free and enslaved. The burial ground closed by 1835, nearly three decades before national emancipation and only eight years after state emancipation on July 4th, 1827. In unearthing this history, the garden founders named their new oasis M’Finda Kalunga, which means “Garden at the Edge of the Other Side of the World,” in the West African language Kikongo, to acknowledge the past and honor the sacred space. This year, the garden’s Juneteenth celebration features a new art installation by artist Dennis Redmoon Darkeem, inviting us to learn and revive the Black and Indigenous history of the Lower East Side.

Learn more at https://www.mkgarden.org/juneteenth-2021/

Every Juneteenth, our neighbors at M’Finda Kalunga Community Garden mark the day with art and celebration. Formed in 1983 by community members, the lush garden stands on land that once held the second burial ground in New York City for people of African descent, both free and enslaved. The burial ground closed by 1835, nearly three decades before national emancipation and only eight years after state emancipation on July 4th, 1827. In unearthing this history, the garden founders named their new oasis M’Finda Kalunga, which means “Garden at the Edge of the Other Side of the World,” in the West African language Kikongo, to acknowledge the past and honor the sacred space. This year, the garden’s Juneteenth celebration features a new art installation by artist Dennis Redmoon Darkeem, inviting us to learn and revive the Black and Indigenous history of the Lower East Side.

Learn more at https://www.mkgarden.org/juneteenth-2021/

Listen to Lauren O’Brien, Historian and Lead Scholar on the Reclaiming Black Spaces walking tour, and Kathryn Lloyd, Dir...
06/18/2021
Reclaiming Black Spaces Walking Tour | All Of It | WNYC

Listen to Lauren O’Brien, Historian and Lead Scholar on the Reclaiming Black Spaces walking tour, and Kathryn Lloyd, Director of Programs and Education, discuss some often-unexplored histories of Black New Yorkers in Lower Manhattan on All of It with Alison Stewart on WNYC. You'll hear more in depth about the story behind M'Finda Kalunga Community Garden, as well as the organizations that fought for Civil Rights on the Lower East Side, the firefighter who integrated Engine 55, and more!

https://www.wnyc.org/story/reclaiming-black-spaces-walking-tour/

A new walking tour from the Tenement Museum sheds light on the history of Black New Yorkers in the Lower East Side.

For #PrideMonth, check out our latest blog that explores the often-unrecognized history of LGBTQ+ communities in the Low...
06/17/2021

For #PrideMonth, check out our latest blog that explores the often-unrecognized history of LGBTQ+ communities in the Lower East Side in the late 19th and early 20th Centuries. In it, you’ll see how LGBTQ+ people used new language to describe themselves, and in doing so, offered us a window into a more open, inclusive, history of the Lower East Side.

https://www.tenement.org/blog/a-night-at-walhalla-lgbtq-placemaking-on-the-lower-east-side/

For #PrideMonth, check out our latest blog that explores the often-unrecognized history of LGBTQ+ communities in the Lower East Side in the late 19th and early 20th Centuries. In it, you’ll see how LGBTQ+ people used new language to describe themselves, and in doing so, offered us a window into a more open, inclusive, history of the Lower East Side.

https://www.tenement.org/blog/a-night-at-walhalla-lgbtq-placemaking-on-the-lower-east-side/

As COVID restrictions end in New York, we would like to remind everyone that for now, we still require face masks to be ...
06/16/2021

As COVID restrictions end in New York, we would like to remind everyone that for now, we still require face masks to be worn on our in-person tours and while visiting the Tenement Museum shop. Please feel free to review our other COVID-19 safety measures. https://www.tenement.org/covid-19-health-safety-measures/

As COVID restrictions end in New York, we would like to remind everyone that for now, we still require face masks to be worn on our in-person tours and while visiting the Tenement Museum shop. Please feel free to review our other COVID-19 safety measures. https://www.tenement.org/covid-19-health-safety-measures/

A big thank you to everyone who joined us today for our Grand Reopening Block Party! We hope to see you all back on Orch...
06/12/2021

A big thank you to everyone who joined us today for our Grand Reopening Block Party! We hope to see you all back on Orchard Street soon for a Tenement Museum tour!

A big thank you to everyone who joined us today for our Grand Reopening Block Party! We hope to see you all back on Orchard Street soon for a Tenement Museum tour!

"The Tenement Museum notes with deep sorrow the passing on June 9 of Robert A. Katzmann, Chief Judge of the United State...
06/10/2021

"The Tenement Museum notes with deep sorrow the passing on June 9 of Robert A. Katzmann, Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.

The American legal community knew Judge Katzmann as a brilliant legal scholar and one of the most distinguished jurists of our generation. The Tenement Museum community knew Bob as a friend, someone whose fierce commitment to the principle of equality before the law was particularly concerned with assuring the rights of immigrants and other marginalized communities whose stories the Museum tells. Bob’s America welcomed newcomers; he understood that their hopes for better lives strengthened the vision of an America based in liberty. In 2014, he founded the Immigrant Justice Corps to provide high quality legal representation for individuals navigating the immigration system.

Bob’s support of the Museum was rooted in his conviction that immigration history should feature importantly in civics education. It was my privilege to introduce him at the annual naturalization ceremonies over which he presided—often with Alejandro Mayorkas, then-Commissioner of United States Citizenship and Immigration Services—from their introduction at the Museum in 2011 until their suspension in the pandemic. He’d sometimes mention his own family story at these events: his father had fled Nazi Germany and his mother’s parents had been Eastern European immigrants. He’d always tear up as he told our new fellow citizens that their determination to be Americans made us stronger as a people."

- Morris J. Vogel
President Emeritus
Tenement Museum

We are so excited to share our progress with our visitors and The New York Times on our upcoming exhibit on Black New Yo...
06/10/2021
Tenement Museum Makes Room for Black History

We are so excited to share our progress with our visitors and The New York Times on our upcoming exhibit on Black New Yorkers in the 19th century. “The museum has always looked at the question of how people become American,” said Lauren O'Brien, our lead researcher on the project. “But what does it mean to be born an American, but not seen as an American?”

www.nytimes.com/2021/06/09/arts/design/tenement-museum-black-history.html

Reopening after a tumultuous year, this Lower East Side institution is addressing the omissions and erasures in the neighborhood’s history — and its own.

Artist and educator Jia Sung will be creating a live mural painting at our Grand Reopening Block Party this Saturday, Ju...
06/07/2021

Artist and educator Jia Sung will be creating a live mural painting at our Grand Reopening Block Party this Saturday, June 12! She recently collaborated with Assembly for Chinatown, and her paintings and artist books have been exhibited across North America, including the Knockdown Center, RISD Museum, Wave Hill, EFA Project Space, Lincoln Center, Yale University, and MOMA PS1.

Find out more about who is participating in our Grand Reopening Block Party on our website. We can't wait to see you on June 12!

https://www.tenement.org/events/tenement-museums-grand-reopening-block-party/

Artist and educator Jia Sung will be creating a live mural painting at our Grand Reopening Block Party this Saturday, June 12! She recently collaborated with Assembly for Chinatown, and her paintings and artist books have been exhibited across North America, including the Knockdown Center, RISD Museum, Wave Hill, EFA Project Space, Lincoln Center, Yale University, and MOMA PS1.

Find out more about who is participating in our Grand Reopening Block Party on our website. We can't wait to see you on June 12!

https://www.tenement.org/events/tenement-museums-grand-reopening-block-party/

Victoria Confino is back, just in time for our Grand Reopening Block Party! You’ll meet with an actor playing Victoria, ...
06/04/2021

Victoria Confino is back, just in time for our Grand Reopening Block Party! You’ll meet with an actor playing Victoria, a real 14-year old girl who immigrated to the US in 1913, in the back yard of her tenement building, where you’ll learn what she did for fun and be inspired by her creativity. Tickets available now for June 12!

tenement.org/tour/victoria-confino/

Victoria Confino is back, just in time for our Grand Reopening Block Party! You’ll meet with an actor playing Victoria, a real 14-year old girl who immigrated to the US in 1913, in the back yard of her tenement building, where you’ll learn what she did for fun and be inspired by her creativity. Tickets available now for June 12!

tenement.org/tour/victoria-confino/

In 1968, the five-story tenement at 193 Eldridge Street was, like many buildings in the city at the time, nearly falling...
06/03/2021
The Lower East Side’s (Not Very Well Known) Black History

In 1968, the five-story tenement at 193 Eldridge Street was, like many buildings in the city at the time, nearly falling down when jazz trumpeter James Dubois and several other musician friends moved into the building and turned it into a jazz venue they called Studio We.

Learn more about Studio We, and other unexplored histories of the Lower East Side, on our Reclaiming Black Spaces walking tour starting June 12!

https://www.curbed.com/2021/05/tenement-museum-black-history-tour.html

An exclusive look at the Tenement Museum’s new walking tour.

How would you spend a day in New York City in 1933? Discover how the Baldizzi family lived and spent their time on the L...
06/02/2021

How would you spend a day in New York City in 1933? Discover how the Baldizzi family lived and spent their time on the Lower East Side during the Great Depression on our combination building and walking tour, A DAY IN THE LIFE: 1933.

Tickets at: https://www.tenement.org/tour/day-in-the-life-1933/

How would you spend a day in New York City in 1933? Discover how the Baldizzi family lived and spent their time on the Lower East Side during the Great Depression on our combination building and walking tour, A DAY IN THE LIFE: 1933.

Tickets at: https://www.tenement.org/tour/day-in-the-life-1933/

"But it felt like home. It felt like those are my people. Those are the people I can make friends with and count on, and...
06/01/2021
LGBTQ REFUGEES: AN UNTOLD STORY

"But it felt like home. It felt like those are my people. Those are the people I can make friends with and count on, and go out with, I can do everything. I can have a life. And then I left to the States and saw the Pride in San Francisco and, I mean, woah! To go from 200,000 to a few million? It's a big change. So that gave me even more of a sense of pride and home in the United States.” -Subhi Nahas, Chairman of the Board Spectra Project Spectra Project provides support for LGBTQ refugees in the Middle East and Northern Africa while they are in countries of transit

June is both Pride Month and Refugee Awareness Month. Check out this important panel discussion from 2018 at the Tenement Museum, exploring the experiences of LGBTQ refugees, some of our most vulnerable immigrants. In almost 80 countries around the world it is a crime to be LGBTQ. Facing violence and persecution, there are organizations reaching out to provide support in the form of food, shelter, health care, and legal representation.

https://youtu.be/MwTNaa1x9RA

In recognition of Pride and Refugee Awareness Month, the Tenement Museum hosts a conversation exploring the experiences of LGBTQ refugees, some of our most v...

On #MemorialDay, many visit the local war memorials in their towns to remember the people who gave their lives in servic...
05/31/2021

On #MemorialDay, many visit the local war memorials in their towns to remember the people who gave their lives in service of this country. If you happen to be in our neighborhood, take some time to visit the Lower East Side's war memorial, one of 207 monuments in New York City, located in Strauss Square.

Learn more: https://www.tenement.org/blog/in-memory-of-the-lower-east-sides-war-memorial/

On #MemorialDay, many visit the local war memorials in their towns to remember the people who gave their lives in service of this country. If you happen to be in our neighborhood, take some time to visit the Lower East Side's war memorial, one of 207 monuments in New York City, located in Strauss Square.

Learn more: https://www.tenement.org/blog/in-memory-of-the-lower-east-sides-war-memorial/

Join us on Orchard Street on June 12 for our Grand Reopening Block Party! Celebrate the Lower East Side and enjoy musica...
05/25/2021

Join us on Orchard Street on June 12 for our Grand Reopening Block Party! Celebrate the Lower East Side and enjoy musical performances, giveaways, activities, a live mural painting, and of course, Tenement Museum tours, including the launch of our Reclaiming Black Spaces walking tour!

More info at:
https://www.tenement.org/events/tenement-museums-grand-reopening-block-party/

Join us on Orchard Street on June 12 for our Grand Reopening Block Party! Celebrate the Lower East Side and enjoy musical performances, giveaways, activities, a live mural painting, and of course, Tenement Museum tours, including the launch of our Reclaiming Black Spaces walking tour!

More info at:
https://www.tenement.org/events/tenement-museums-grand-reopening-block-party/

Join us and Essex Market on May 25 for a celebration through food of the past and present of the Lower East Side’s Spani...
05/19/2021

Join us and Essex Market on May 25 for a celebration through food of the past and present of the Lower East Side’s Spanish Caribbean communities through the stories of Ramonita Saez, one of our former residents, and Sobeida De La Cruz, owner of Viva Fruits & Vegetables at Essex Market. Register now! https://www.tenement.org/events/becoming-loisaida/

Join us and Essex Market on May 25 for a celebration through food of the past and present of the Lower East Side’s Spanish Caribbean communities through the stories of Ramonita Saez, one of our former residents, and Sobeida De La Cruz, owner of Viva Fruits & Vegetables at Essex Market. Register now! https://www.tenement.org/events/becoming-loisaida/

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B or D to Grand Street F to Delancey Street or JMZ to Essex Street M15 Buses

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Monday 11:00 - 16:00
Tuesday 11:00 - 16:00
Wednesday 11:00 - 16:00
Thursday 11:00 - 16:00
Friday 11:00 - 16:00
Saturday 11:00 - 04:00

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Just went on a virtual tour with these guys and it was wonderful!! Totally worth it. Thank you so much for all the rich history and the great stories.
Here's an amazing story of bravery and heroism. Having visited the Tenement museum I can imagine the fear these folks must have had as they tried to escape the flames and smoke in the dark, cramped conditions of their tenement building.
Great article, Danielle Wetmore!
Do you all know about this very interesting National Trust property of workers' houses in Birmingham?
LOL one of your emails was in the spam folder of a Verge journo the day they filmed this video!
If you haven't been to this museum, It's amazing, and I wish I lived closer to NYC so I could go again, and often.
Thanks for buying our little chamber pot. That is such a silly thing to type. 😃
Hello to the kind folks at the Tenement Museum. My family and I did the sweatshop tour in February and loved it. The guide, whose name I didn't catch - a young person with short blond hair, I think they had initials in their first name - was fantastic. My 12 year old son Adam had to write a poem this week for his English class and was inspired by our visit to your museum. He wanted to illustrate disparities in wealth. Hope you like it. I walk upstairs in my tenement, enter my apartment and collapse on my bed. The hinges squeak as I close the rusty door. It's a pretty beat up room, but I don't mind, I've seen the ones in the basement. Lots of people have pushed for renovations, myself included. But the landlord says no. After all, he hasn’t seen the basement. But when I look out my window I can also see the skyscrapers I seem to always feel a pang of jealousy But I also wonder If they can see me At all
Mom and I went to the Tenement Museum (my 2nd time) where a young actress played a Ladino speaking Italian (a Spanish Yiddish dialect) living in a slum building in 1917. Boy was it fascinating! I had never heard of Ladino until Saturday. This is the best little Museum in NYC and many, many people agree. After Ellis Island, this is the next step in the long immigrant history.
I’ve visited the Tenement Museum this summer and found it fascinating. Almost, but not quite, as fascinating as the Coal Miners Museum in Glace Bay, Nova Scotia. You are taken into a coal mine that extends out underneath the ocean. It’s cold and it’s dark and it’s wet, and you are hunched over trying to navigate to the next room and your guide is an 82-year-old former miner whose uncle was killed during a strike in the 1920s. When you go outside there are four buildings that were the original company store and three original homes that the miners and their families lived in. Pretty soon there won’t be any of these old guys left to do the tours and then I don’t know what will happen to the museum. But it’s a gem for anybody interested in the history of the working class and the growth of unionized. There are a million reasons to visit Cape Breton, but this one should be top of your list!
Interesting visit when you are in NYC.
“America”, originally was a reference used to describe the New World. We took a family trip to the Tenement Museum yesterday. Though missing a few family members, the day was splendid!!! We took the “Under One Roof” tour; a newer tour which displays living styles of three immigrant families: Puerto Rican, Chinese and Polish. These families immigrated to New York, settling in the lower East Side from 1951 up to 2014, independent of each other. Our tour guide, Jakob, gave us in depth insight to each resident family’s experience as shared by a family member who grew up there, and through their narrative, both visual and audio, it brought the ‘tourist’ back into that time to witness each family’s process of acclimation. We also were also taken to a room that was a small replica of a garment sweatshop where the Chinese family worked. That exhibit provided the tourist with narratives of the Wong family experiences as they settled in. The experience for me was heartwarming and learned, and brought me back to a time that I grew up in, but not necessarily personally experienced as a second generation immigrant. The tour was interactive thus I was able to relate to the struggles of these first generation immigrants as well as share personal anecdotal stories connecting to some of their experiences. Throughout the tour, and all through their immigrating experiences, the growth of their families and their personal struggles to successfully acclimate to this country, sadly, it was a painful recognition that time has stood still; relatively unchanged insofar as the perception and reaction to immigration is concerned. I don’t know where the citizens of this country think their roots emanated, because clearly, we are a nation of immigrants, unless of course, you are a Native American. Thanks Jakob for enriching our experience!!!