Calendar of Events

GUIDED TOURS DAILY, 2 p.m.
Every Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday
(Museum is closed Tuesday & Wednesday)
See below for more information.

CURRENT EXHIBITIONS 

Click here for more information on all current and upcoming exhibitions.

Through December 2015
Manhattan’s First Landmark

Through Monday, June 29
Out of Their Boxes: The Tredwell Costume Collection on Display

Thursday, March 5, to Monday, March 30
“Sacred to the Memory:” The 150th Anniversary of the Death of Seabury Tredwell

Thursday, April 2, to Monday, June 29
“All Broadway is Black with Mourning:” The 150th Anniversary of the Assassination and Funeral of Abraham Lincoln, April 1865

 

APRIL EVENTS

Tuesday, April 7, 6:30 p.m. POSTPONED
First Annual Ada Louise Huxtable Lecture:
Preservation, Who Needs It Anyway?

Hugh Hardy, FAIA, Founding Partner, H3 Hardy Collaboration Architecture

Preservationists were once welcomed in urban environments as the lynchpin for stabilization and recovery and the key to balanced and intelligent development. Now they’re often portrayed as adversaries and obstacles to growth. Why this flip-flop? Is this accurate? Does the preservation movement still have an important positive role to play in New York City? And what is that role?

Hugh Hardy is the founding partner of H3 Hardy Collaboration Architecture, known for design of distinctive new buildings, restoration of historic structures, and planning projects for the public realm across America. A major presence in New York, H3 has completed restoration of Radio City Music Hall, multiple projects for the Brooklyn Academy of Music and New York Botanical Garden’s Leon Levy Visitor Center together with restoration of Bryant Park. Their faithful recreations of the New Victory and the New Amsterdam theaters on 42nd Street were pivotal to reemergence of this famed street as one of New York’s premier places of entertainment. Mr. Hardy’s work is consistently recognized by civic, architectural, and preservation organizations for a progressive spirit and sensitive understanding of context.

Reception to follow.
$25, $15 Members. Click here to purchase tickets.

Ada Louise Huxtable (1921-2013) was a champion of preservation, pioneer of architectural criticism, and stalwart advocate for the Merchant’s House Museum. As architecture critic for The New York Times, she wrote: “The distinction of this house — and it is a powerful one — is that it is the real thing. One simply walks thrugh the beautiful doorway, into another time and place in New York.” Annually, the Merchant’s House invites an outstanding member of the New York City preservation community to share his or her insights, expertise, and knowledge at the Ada Louise Huxtable lecture.

landmarks50

This program is part of NYC Landmarks50 Alliance, the multi-year celebration of the 50th anniversary
of New York City’s Preservation Landmarks Law (April 19, 1965). All proceeds go directly to
helping defray legal and engineering expenses incurred to protect the House from the impending
construction next door. Learn more here.

 

Saturday, April 11, 3 p.m.
Special Interactive Tour for Families: A Child’s View of Life in 19th Century New York
29 East Fourth Street was home not only to the eight Tredwell children, but also to two young granddaughters. Come tour the house and learn what life was like for children (and adults) in the 1850s, from schoolwork and chores to games and play. Could you carry a bucket of coal up steep stairs? Do you have a calling card? A top hat? What, no hoop skirt? How did you take a bath? And penmanship really, really mattered.
Best for children 8 to 12 years old. $15, one adult, one child. $20, one adult, two children (max.).
Reservations required; click here for tickets.

Friday, April 17, 6:30 p.m.
Candlelight Ghost Tour
Doors slam, floorboards creak, voices call into the night. Venture into the shadows of history to see the house where eight family members died (and The New York Times called “Manhattan’s Most Haunted House”) by flickering candlelight and hear true tales of inexplicable occurrences from the people who actually experienced them.
50 minutes. $20, $10 Members; click here for tickets.
Upcoming Ghost Tours: Friday, May 15 and June 19.

Sunday, April 19, 12:30 p.m.
Celebration of the Passing of the Landmarks Law in 1965
Special Walking Tour: 19th Century Landmark Treasures of Noho
On this one-hour walking tour of the Noho Historic District, promenaders will see 11 buildings designated as individual New York City landmarks. The tour begins at the 1832 Merchant’s House and within a few blocks traces 100 years of social, economic and technological changes in New York during the 19th century, from a residential enclave for the wealthy merchant families of Old New York to a center of manufacturing and busy cultural center. The tour will feature stories of famous as well as infamous residents and builders of these landmarks and the renowned architects who designed them. Stops will include Colonnade Row, the DeVinne Press Building, Astor Library, The Cooper Union, and the Bayard-Condict Building.
$10, $5 Students & Seniors, FREE for Members.
Reservations not required.

NOTE: Tours are canceled in the case of heavy rain, snow, or extreme heat and cold advisories.

landmarks50This program is part of NYC Landmarks50 Alliance, the multi-year celebration of the 50th anniversary
of New York City’s Preservation Landmarks Law (April 19, 1965). All proceeds go directly to
helping defray legal and engineering expenses incurred to protect the House from the impending
construction next door. Learn more here.

 

Sunday, April 26, 6 p.m.
Concert - Farewell, Father, Friend and Guardian: A Musical Elegy Commemorating President Lincoln’s Death
In commemoration of President Lincoln’s assassination 150 years ago, the Bond Street Euterpean Singing Society presents music composed in 1865 offering solace to a newly reunited nation in shock and grief. The program title comes from a popular song by celebrated American composer George F. Root, most famous for his Civil War songs. An illustrated lecture about the history of Lincoln’s assassination, its aftermath, and the funeral train that transported the president from Washington, D.C. to his final resting place in Springfield, Illinois intertwines iconography and period photos to make this a unique and edifying multimedia presentation.
$30, $20 Members; click here for tickets.

MAY EVENTS

Sunday, May 10, 12:30 p.m.
Special Walking Tour: 19th Century Landmark Treasures of Noho
See below for information

Friday, May 15, 6:30 p.m.
Candlelight Ghost Tour
Click here for tickets.
Next Ghost Tour: Friday, June 19

Saturday, May 16, 10:30 a.m.
“Behind the Ropes” Tour of the Merchant’s House 1832 Ornamental Plasterwork
with Historic Plaster Specialist David Flaharty
The Merchant’s House Museum’s original Greek Revival decorative plasterwork is considered by many to be the most important extant in a pre-Civil War residential interior in the United States. Its survival is now jeopardized by two major construction projects on East Fourth Street. Plaster restoration expert David Flaharty, who initially repaired portions of the Museum’s plaster in a major 1970s stabilization, will lead a unique “behind the ropes” tour and fascinating exploration of this outstanding 19th century craftsmanship. Flaharty will also discuss and demonstrate DIY decorative plaster techniques to create your own Merchant’s House.
David Flaharty, sculptor and ornamental plasterer, has worked on the restoration and new construction of ornamental plasterwork in the American Wing of the Metropolitan Museum, the Diplomatic Reception Rooms at the U.S. Department of State, and The White House. He has been involved in the preservation and restoration of the Merchant’s House for almost 40 years. $20, Members $10. 75 minutes. Attendance strictly limited to 30 participants; click here for tickets.

Saturday, May 23, 3 p.m.
Exhibition Talk -
Tredwell Costume Collection/Two-piece Day Ensemble, ca. 1858
With Pamela Long, Textile Conservator

 

Guided House Tours Daily, 2 p.m

Every Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday, 2 p.m.
(Museum is closed Tuesday & Wednesday)
Guided Tour of the Merchant’s House Museum

Explore Manhattan’s “best-preserved” (The New York Times) 19th-century home and learn about the domestic life of a prosperous merchant family and their four Irish servants from 1835 to 1865, as New York City transformed from seaport to thriving metropolis. You’ll visit four floors of this Federal and Greek Revival style row house virtually complete with the family’s original furnishings and decorative arts.

The tour concludes in the newly restored 4th-floor Servants’ Quarters, “arguably the oldest intact site of Irish habitation in Manhattan,” according to Time Out New York. You are invited to come climb the narrow staircase and see where the wealthy Tredwell family’s staff of four domestic servants lived and did some of their work.

Included with regular admission. (Always FREE for Members)
Reservations not required for groups of fewer than 10 people. If your group has more than 10 people, please contact us about scheduling a group program.

Sunday Walking Tours, 12:30 p.m.
19th Century Landmark Treasures of NoHo

12:30 p.m., April 19, May 10, June 14, July 12, August 9, September 27, October 11, and November 8
Tours are one hour and begin promptly at 12:30 p.m. Limited to 20 people (first come, first served).
Promenaders will return to the Museum in time to take the 2 p.m. Guided Tour if they wish.

On this one-hour walking tour of the Noho Historic District, promenaders will see 11 buildings designated as individual New York City landmarks. The tour begins at the 1832 Merchant’s House and within a few blocks traces 100 years of social, economic and technological changes in New York during the 19th century, from a residential enclave for the wealthy merchant families of Old New York to a center of manufacturing and busy cultural center. The tour will feature stories of famous as well as infamous residents and builders of these landmarks and the renowned architects who designed them. Stops will include Colonnade Row, the DeVinne Press Building, Astor Library, The Cooper Union, and the Bayard-Condict Building.
$10, $5 Students & Seniors, FREE for Members.
Limited to 20 people. Reservations not required.

NOTE: Tours are canceled in the case of heavy rain, snow, or extreme heat and cold advisories.

landmarks50This program is part of NYC Landmarks50 Alliance, the multi-year celebration of the 50th anniversary of New York City’s Preservation Landmarks Law (April 19, 1965). All proceeds go directly to helping defray legal and engineering expenses incurred to protect the House from the impending construction next door. Learn more here.