Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Groundbreaking at Visitors & Education Center

We're so pleased to have formally started construction on the Tenement Museum's new visitors and education center, the Sadie Samuelson Levy Immigrant Heritage Center.

This Center marks a huge step forward for the Museum, allowing us to provide new classrooms for our school groups, an enlarged gathering space for public visitors, a demonstration kitchen, and a larger museum shop. Furthermore, we'll be out of a rental space and into our own building for the first time. That means our visitors and education center should remain at 103 Orchard Street for a long time to come. We couldn't be more excited to start the next chapter.

At the groundbreaking ceremony last Thursday, we were joined by members of the Leon Levy family, who were representing his Foundation; the Mayor's Office of Immigrant Affairs; Museum trustees; and Borough President Scott Stringer. The speakers made remarks about how meaningful our immigration culture and heritage are to New York City. We look forward to having everyone back at our opening ceremonies this fall!

Breaking ground (or wall).

The Borough President makes remarks.

Museum co-founder, trustees, and staff.

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