Mission: The tenement museum preserves and interprets the history of immigration through the personal experiences of the generations of newcomers who settled in and built lives on manhattan's lower east side, america's iconic immigrant neighborhood; forges emotional connections between visitors and immigrants past and present; and enhances appreciation for the profound role immigration has played and continues to play in shaping america's evolving national identity.
Programs: Public programs - tours and presentations to impart knowledge to the general public concerning the history of the emigration movement in america. Such knowledge is directly related to the purpose of the exempt activity - the operation of a historical museum. During the fiscal year ended 2014, 209,972 visitors toured the museum.
museum shop - the gift shop offers books, multimedia, museum products, gifts and toys that document and/or commemorate the immigrant experiences and the stories of life and historical perspectives of the lower east side.
I loved this wonderful museum tucked into the small Orchard Street setting in the lower east side of NYC. The tour shows you how Americans lived in times past under tough and crowded city conditions, with poor access to water and sanitation. The guides explain how policy changes were made as a result of these poor living conditions in America.