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The Tenement Museum
Posted: April 14th, 2009
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The Tenement Museum tell the stories of 97 Orchard Street. Built on Manhattan’s Lower East Side in 1863, this tenement apartment building was home to nearly 7000 working class immigrants. They faced challenges we understand today: making a new life, working for a better future, starting a family with limited means.

In recognizing the importance of this seemingly ordinary building, the Tenement Museum has re-imagined the role that museums can play in our lives. This SundayArts profile visits the museum to give viewers an insider look at this museum’s innovative mission and curatorial approach.

  • Maxine Factor

    This place is so fascinating! I can’t wait to visit!

  • Barbara Leveene

    I’ve been to the Museum 3 times and plan to go again and see the newest floor that was opened.

  • Debbie

    As a native New Yorker, I’ve been meaning to go to this Museum for about 15 or 20 years. This piece gave me just enough to get me excited about it again! I’m headed there asap!

  • Francene Kesch

    It was a girls get-to-gether on Monday, April 13th and the site chosen for this event,was the Tenement Museum on the Lower East Side. It was an extraordinary learning experience and I speak for all 5 of us. As native New Yorkers we always enjoy the cultural side of N.Y.C. and it was especially refreshing to learn of the origins of our ancestors and their plight to survive in such tough economic times and conditions. I might add our tour guide was wonderful and extremely informative.

  • Nataly diaz

    i love this place i loved the story wich was intersting the way they lived in the pas sounded like it was a difficult time for them and not only that can happen to them it can happen to lots of other people that live in our world the economic way was terrible i will be going again to hear more about them the way they lived what was living like that ? how was it was it to hard in the past day intering and who ever hasent gone ther i recomede u to go it ia a good way to rember that not only they can be in those situatinon lots of other people can in this world

  • class 5-315

    we really injoyed the place it is so intersting the way othet people live in those days and now everthing has change in this world but it can allwayz come any time WE WISH TO GO BACK WE LOVE THAT PLACE LOVE ITTT

  • Jonothon Lyons

    Great piece! This museum inspired the set design of a new mask theater production in NYC titled The Tenement http://www.thetenement.net

  • Felia Alone

    This video is really interesting. It really makes me learn a lot about the difference it was back then, and now.

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SundayArts is made possible in part by First Republic Bank and by the Rubin Museum of Art. Funding for SundayArts is also made possible by Rosalind P. Walter, The Paul and Irma Milstein Foundation, The Philip & Janice Levin Foundation, Elise Jaffe and Jeffrey Brown, Jody and John Arnhold, and The Lemberg Foundation. This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council. Additional funding provided by members of THIRTEEN.