Calendar of Events

MUSEUM HOURS
Thursday, 12 to 8 p.m. (January – September), 12 to 5 p.m. (October – December)
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.
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, January – July, and November
Click here for more information.

WALKING TOURS OF 19TH CENTURY NOHO
Second and Fourth Sunday of the month, March – November
Click here for more information.

EVENTS & EXHIBITIONS

MAY

Saturday, May 25, 2 to 5 p.m. (and every Saturday in June)
Sidewalk SALE to SAVE the Merchant’s House!
Decorative items, china, glass, collectibles, costume jewelry, antiques (non-Merchant’s House!), all at bargain prices to benefit our Legal Fund to Defeat the Developers.
Or pay double as a donation!

Sunday, May 26, 12:30 p.m.
A Walking Tour of Historic 19th Century Noho
(Second & Fourth Sunday of Every Month)
Tour is one hour and begins outside the Museum.
$15; FREE for Members. Click here for tickets and more information.
Upcoming walking tours: June 9, 23; July 14, 28.

JUNE

Every Saturday, June 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, 2 to 5 p.m.
Sidewalk SALE to SAVE the Merchant’s House!
Decorative items, china, glass, collectibles, costume jewelry, antiques (non-Merchant’s House!), all at bargain prices to benefit our Legal Fund to Defeat the Developers. Or pay double as a donation!

Through Monday, June 3
Exhibition –
“Finest Surviving:” Ornamental Plaster Work at the Merchant’s House Museum

The 1832 Merchant’s House is distinguished as one of only 120 interior landmarks in New York City. Its intact original ornamental plaster work is considered the “finest surviving” from the period. Learn how the plaster walls, ceilings, and ornamentation in the Merchant’s House were created in the 19th century. On display, original 1832 plaster fragments and molds and plaster casts created by sculptor and ornamental plasterer David Flaharty, who used the same methods as the early 19th century artisans during a house-wide restoration in the 1970s. Included with General Admission.

Tuesday, June 4, 5:30 – 8 p.m.
5:30 p.m. Walking tour – Meet at Stonewall Inn, 53 Christopher Street
7 p.m. Panel talk and tours of the Vault at Pfaff’s – Sweetwater Social, 643 Broadway
Celebrating Walt Whitman’s 200th and Village Gay Bars from Stonewall to Pfaff’s
In an unfinished poem from the early 1860’s, Walt Whitman memorialized the vault at Pfaff’s, home to New York’s first self-described bohemians, as a place “where the drinkers and laughers meet to eat and drink and carouse.”  Take a walking tour from the present to the past, celebrating what the Stonewall Inn, at 50, continues to be and what Pfaff’s beer cellar was. Then, join historians at the subterranean Sweetwater Social (the original Pffaf’s), where “overhead rolls Broadway–the myriad rushing Broadway,” to learn about Whitman’s Village and his time at Pfaff’s.

FREE (one drink minimum at Sweetwater Social). Limited capacity.
Register here for the 5:30 p.m. Tour
Register here for the 7 p.m. Panel Talk

Co-sponsored by New York Preservation Archive Project, NoHo Bid, Village Preservation, and Walt Whitman Initiative.

Wednesday, June 5, 7 p.m.
Film Screening of The Heiress
70th Anniversary Celebration

To Benefit the Merchant’s House Museum Legal Fund

Based on Washington Square, Henry James’s classic novel of mid-19th century New York City, The Heiress (1949), winner of four Academy Awards, tells the haunting story of young love – and a dominating father who didn’t approve.

Set design based on the Merchant’s House.
Come See the House … Then See the House in The Heiress!

5 to 7 p.m., Reception in the Garden, Tours of the house and bubbly in the garden
7 p.m., Film Screening of The Heiress
With introduction by three-time Oscar winning director William Wyler’s daughter, Catherine Wyler, and Judith Goetz Sanger, daughter of screenwriters Ruth & Augustus Goetz
Rose Auditorium, Cooper Union, 41 Cooper Square
Click here to purchase tickets and Save the Merchant’s House.

Thursday, June 6, 13, 20, 27, until 8 p.m.
Summer Evenings in the Garden
Join us in our “secret” 19th century garden at its most verdant. Talk with head gardener John Rommel about this season’s historic plantings. Take a guided tour of the house at 6:30 p.m., if you wish, or take a self-guided tour. Rain or Shine.
Admission $15, $10 Students & Seniors, FREE for Members.
SPECIAL $1 admission for the museum’s good neighbors (zip 10012 and 10003)

Friday, June 7, 7 p.m.
Spring into Summer: The Song Is on the Rose
As summer draws nigh, and roses bloom, the Bond Street Euterpean Singing Society revs up with balmy airs in a gala salon of parlor songs that the Tredwells may have heard wafting through the house during their 98-year residency. Music by Johann Strauss II, Brahms, Liszt, Grieg, Tosti Irving Berlin, and others.
75 minutes. FREE (donations welcome). Reservations required; click here to register.

Sunday, June 9, 12:30 p.m.
A Walking Tour of Historic 19th Century Noho
(Second & Fourth Sunday of Every Month)
Tour is one hour and begins outside the Museum.
$15; FREE for Members. Click here for tickets and more information.
Upcoming walking tours: June 23; July 14, 28.

Tuesday, June 18 6 p.m.
The NEW New York: Italians in the Village
Illustrated Presentation by James Nevius

After the Civil War, hundreds of thousands of Italian immigrants came to America, most of them making New York City their first stop. While the Lower East Side and Little Italy are well-known for their immigrant history, many may not remember that the area south of Washington Square was one of the most densely populated Italian precincts in the country.

This illustrated presentation will look at how the Village came to be separated into a wealthier area north and west of Washington Square and a more working-class neighborhood to the south and east. We’ll look at who paved the way for Italians in the district and talk about the importance of holding on to the Italian places that still exist in the area — RIP Trattoria Spaghetto — so as to preserve this heritage.

James Nevius is a historian focused on issues related to architecture and urbanism. His work appears regularly in Curbed and The New York Post. With his wife, Michelle, he is the co-author of Footprints in New York: Tracing the Lives of Four Centuries of New Yorkers and Inside the Apple: A Streetwise History of New York City, which is now in its 11th printing. He’s currently researching a new book on America’s love affair with utopianism.
FREE. Email nyc1832@merchantshouse.org to register.
NOTE LOCATION: Washington Square Institute, 41 East 11th Street. This event is fully accessible.
Co-sponsored by Village Preservation and the Merchant’s House Museum

Thursday, June 20
Summer Evenings in the Garden
A “Spirited” Summer Saunter with Boroughs of the Dead
7 p.m, Reception in the Garden; 7:45 p.m., Walking (Ghost) Tour
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. for light refreshments in the twilight in the garden, then, when darkness begins to descend, 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.

Boroughs of the Dead walking tours explore the haunting, macabre, and overlooked histories of New York City. They are NYC’s top ranked ghost tour on Trip Advisor, and are rated among the top ten ghost tours in the country by USA Today.
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.
Click here to purchase tickets.

Upcoming: July 18, August 15, September 19

Sunday, June 23, 12:30 p.m.
A Walking Tour of Historic 19th Century Noho
(Second & Fourth Sunday of Every Month)
Tour is one hour and begins outside the Museum.
$15; FREE for Members. Click here for tickets and more information.
Upcoming walking tours: July 14, 28.

Friday, June 28, 6:30 p.m.  
Candlelight Ghost Tour
$30, $20 Members. Click here for tickets and more information.
Upcoming Ghost Tour: July 19.

Friday, June 28, 9 p.m.
Special Candlelight Tour!
Is the Merchant’s House Haunted? Only a (Ghost) Tour Will Tell!

Join renowned paranormal investigator Dan Sturges (founder of Sturges Paranormal and featured on the Travel Channel’s new series, Paranormal Caught on Camera) for a rare late-night ghost tour of “Manhattan’s Most Haunted House.” He will lead you through the house, lit only by the flickering of candles, discussing his methodology and sharing his eerie-est findings. Come with your questions for one of the most knowledgeable specialists in the field!

Dan Sturges is the founder of Sturges Paranormal and appears on the Travel Channel’s new weekly series, Paranormal Caught on Camera.

Tour is 75 minutes; capacity strictly limited to 20. $45, $35  MHM Members.
Click here to purchase tickets
Doors open at 8:50 p.m.; NO LATE ENTRY once the tour begins.

TOURS

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

Guided House Tour
2 p.m. & 6:30 p.m. Thursday; 2 p.m. Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday
(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. 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.

Candlelight Ghost Tour
Third Friday of each month, January to July
Doors slam, floorboards creak, voices call into the dead of night. Venture into the shadows of history to see “Manhattan’s Most Haunted House” (NY Times) by flickering candlelight. Eight family members died in the house — and some say they never left. On this 50-minute tour, you’ll hear true tales of inexplicable occurrences from the people who actually experienced them, as well as the spine-tingling results of ongoing paranormal investigations. Reservations required.

Walking Tour of 19th Century Noho
Second and Fourth Sunday of each month, March to November
Join us for a journey back in time to the elite ‘Bond Street area,’ home to 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. Reservations recommended.