Triangle Fire Open Museum

Community-engaged public humanities – creating unique interventions in sites of significance around NYC

The Triangle Fire Open Museum is the tangible incarnation of our online Triangle Fire Open Archive, which explores personal, political and historical legacies of the Triangle Fire through community-contributed objects. The Open Museum is a dispersed intervention : we created museum cases for real and replica objects from the Open Archive so that they could be found in locations across the city critically connected to immigrant, women, and labor rights.

A diffuse museum intervening in locations critically connected to immigrant, women’s and labor rights.

“We Are One” ILGWU newsletter, 1982. Contributed by : Mei Yin Tsang and Alice Ip Object # 1574

The museum was launched at the NYU Open House from March 20-March 25, 2012 and then made its way out into the city to its host sites. 

In April 2012, New Yorkers were able to take a self-guided tour to find the objects around the city at The Tenement Museum, The New York City Fire Museum, Workers United, Museum of Chinese in America, The Murphy Center, CUNY, and The Fashion Institute of Technology.

"Rosie Weiner, my great aunt" Triangle Fire Open Archive object on display at the Tenement Museum