Calendar of Events

MUSEUM HOURS
Thursday, 12 to 8 p.m.
Friday – Monday, 12 to 5 p.m.
(Closed Tuesday, Wednesday, and major holidays.)

GUIDED HOUSE TOURS
Thursday, 2 p.m. & 6:30 p.m.
Friday – Monday, 2 p.m.
Note: A Self-Guided Tour Booklet is available for those who wish to tour the house at their own pace.

CANDLELIGHT GHOST TOURS
Third Friday of the month, November, January – July

WALKING TOURS OF 19TH CENTURY NOHO
Second Sunday of the month, March – November

CURRENT EXHIBITIONS  Click here

MAY EVENTS

May 1 – May 30
Annual Lower East Side History Month
Festivals, Performances, gatherings, gardens & much more.
Calendar and info: peoplesles.org

Thursday, May 3, through Monday, July 30
Exhibition –
Tredwell Brides: Changing Wedding Traditions in the 19th Century
Over the course of the 1800s, weddings in New York City evolved from intimate private ceremonies to large, lavish affairs. This exhibition explores the changes in wedding customs as the 19th century progressed, including the trousseau, printed invitations, and the giving of gifts. Highlights include Eliza Tredwell’s 1820 empire-style embroidered cotton wedding dress and Sarah Ann Tredwell’s 1872 silk bridal dress made in Paris, the highest fashion of the post-Civil War bustle period. Accessories include silk wedding boots, and earrings, corsage, and headpiece of wax orange blossoms. The Greek Revival parlor overflows with white flowers for the reenactment of the 1845 wedding of Elizabeth Tredwell and Effingham Nichols on June 9. (Scroll down for information and tickets.)
FREE with Admission    

Friday, May 18, 6:30 p.m. 
Candlelight Ghost Tour of “Manhattan’s Most Haunted House”
Doors slam, floorboards creak, voices call into the dead of night. Venture into the shadows of history to see the house where eight family members died and hear true tales of inexplicable occurrences from the people who actually experienced them.
“#1 Most Haunted Place in NYC” (TimeOut New York)
50 minutes. $30, $20 Members. Click here to purchase tickets.
Upcoming Ghost Tours: June 15, July 20.

JUNE EVENTS

Saturday, June 2, 7:30 p.m.
Concert: “Oh, Promise Me!” – Songs of Love and Marriage
First comes love, then comes marriage … Wedding traditions blossomed in the 19th century when brides said “yes” to the white dress and “Here Comes the Bride” accompanied them down the aisle. Romantic songs such as “Oh, Promise Me!” brought poetry of Cupid and courtship to music salons and family parlors alike. Come hear the Bond Street Euterpean Singing Society sing songs that inspired passions through the 19th and early 20th centuries. Music by Wagner, Schumann, Brahms, Taubert, Léhar, Irving Berlin, and others.

Doors open at 7 p.m. for guests who wish to view the current exhibition, Tredwell Brides: Changing Wedding Traditions in the 19th Century, which features Eliza Tredwell’s 1820 empire-style embroidered cotton wedding dress and Sarah Ann Tredwell’s 1872 silk bridal dress made in Paris.

75 minutes. Very limited capacity.
$30, VIP $40 (first two rows), $20 MHM Members.
Click here to purchase tickets.

Thursday, June 7, 14, 21, 28, until 8 p.m.
Summer Evenings in the Garden
Enjoy a glass of wine in our “secret” 19th century garden in bloom.
Guided Tour, 6:30 p.m. Light Refreshments. Rain or Shine.
Admission $15, $10 Students & Seniors, FREE for Members.

Saturday, June 9, 6:30 to 8 p.m.
“Dearly Beloved:” 1845 Wedding Reenactment and Reception
In the 19th century, American weddings gradually transformed from private, informal celebrations to elaborate and expensive spectacles. In mid-19th century New York City, many marriages took place at home. Join us in the museum’s Greek Revival double parlor as we discuss changing wedding customs in the 19th century, then recreate the 1845 wedding of the Tredwells’ oldest daughter, Elizabeth, and Effingham Nichols. After the ceremony, guests are invited to join the bride and groom in the garden for cake and light refreshments. 19th century attire is encouraged.

6 p.m., Exhibition viewingTredwell Brides: Changing Wedding Traditions in the 19th Century. Before the wedding ceremony, guests are invited to view the current exhibition, which features Eliza Tredwell’s 1820 empire-style embroidered cotton wedding dress and Sarah Ann Tredwell’s 1872 silk bridal dress made in Paris.
6:30 p.m., Wedding Ceremony
7 p.m., Reception in the Garden

$40, $55 VIP Seats, $25 MHM Members.
Reception only: $25, $15 for members.
VIP tickets include first-and-second row seating, wedding favors, and the opportunity to join the wedding party as a bridesmaid or groomsman.
Click here to purchase tickets.

Sunday, June 10, 12:30 p.m.
A Walking Tour of Historic 19th Century Noho (Second Sunday of Every Month)
Join us for
a journey back in time to the elite ‘Bond Street area,’ home to Astors, Vanderbilts, Delanos – and the Tredwells, who lived in the Merchant’s House.  You’ll see how the neighborhood surrounding the Tredwells’ home evolved from a refined and tranquil residential enclave into a busy commercial center. Visit important 19th century landmark buildings on this tour through 21st century NoHo.

And what’s a plunge into the past without a little scandal? On the bustling Astor Place, imagine the drama of events that led to the Opera House riot of 1849, among the bloodiest in American history. And visit the site of the notorious 1857 Bond Street murder of Harvey Burdell, one of the City’s still unsolved crimes!

Tour is one hour and begins promptly at 12:30 p.m.
Promenaders will return to the Museum in time to take the
 2 p.m. Guided Tour if they wish.
$15; FREE for Members. Click here to purchase tickets.
Upcoming walking tours: July 8, August 13, September 9, October 14, November 11.

Friday, June 15, 6:30 p.m. 
Candlelight Ghost Tour of “Manhattan’s Most Haunted House”
Doors slam, floorboards creak, voices call into the dead of night. Venture into the shadows of history to see the house where eight family members died and hear true tales of inexplicable occurrences from the people who actually experienced them.
“#1 Most Haunted Place in NYC” (TimeOut New York)
50 minutes. $30, $20 Members. Click here to purchase tickets.
Upcoming Ghost Tours: July 20.

Thursday, June 21, 7 p.m, Reception in the Garden; 7:45 p.m., Walking (Ghost) Tour
Summer Evenings in the Garden
A “Spirited” Summer Saunter with Boroughs of the Dead
Join us for an enchanting summer evening in our “secret” 19th century garden, followed by a Greenwich Village ghost tour. Arrive at 7 p.m. to sip wine in the twilight in the garden, then, when darkness begins to descends, follow your guide into a world of ghosts and chilling tales as we visit some of the historic neighborhood’s most notoriously haunted locations. Hear stories of the Merchant’s House’s own strange and inexplicable occurrences; find out whether Washington Irving’s specter still visits town; meet the ghostly acquaintances of John Jacob Astor; discover Henry James’s real-life connections to the spirit world; delve into the dark life of Edgar Allan Poe … and more.
Walking tour lasts approximately 75 minutes, and covers 1.2 miles. Please wear comfortable walking shoes.
$30 per person; includes admission to the garden and walking tour.
Upcoming: July 19, August 16, September 20

Friday, June 22, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Open Mic Nite in the Garden
In the 19th century, literary salons gathered great thinkers, artists, and writers under one roof for a night of socialization and “improving conversation.” In that same spirit, the Merchant’s House celebrates the works of today’s new writers, performance artists, and musicians.

Come to share your work in an intimate, supportive environment, or simply enjoy the garden all abloom. If you’d like to perform, please bring no more than 8 minutes of material; sign-up available upon entry. Performances will begin at 7 p.m.
Admission $10 (includes a glass of wine), FREE for Members. Reservations are not required.

 

DAILY GUIDED TOURS of the HOUSE

A Self-Guided Tour booklet is available for those who wish to tour the house on their own.

2 p.m. & 6:30 p.m. Thursday (open until 8 p.m.)
2 p.m. Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday
Closed Tuesday & Wednesday
Groups by appointment

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 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. (Admission is 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.