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.
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

JULY EVENTS

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 1845 wedding of Elizabeth Tredwell and Effingham Nichols.
FREE with Admission

Thursday, July 5, 12, 19, 26, until 8 p.m.
Summer Evenings in the Garden
Join us in our “secret” 19th century garden at its most verdant and 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. On view, Tredwell Brides: Changing Wedding Traditions in the 19th Century – exhibition open through July 30.
Light Refreshments. Rain or Shine.
Admission $15, $10 Students & Seniors, FREE for Members.
SPECIAL $1 admission for the museum’s good neighbors (zip 10012 and 10003)

Thursday, July 19, 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. for a glass of 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.
$35 per person; includes admission to the garden and walking tour. SOLD OUT
Upcoming: August 16, September 20

Friday, July 20, 6:30 & 7 p.m.  LAST GHOST TOURS UNTIL OCTOBER!
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. SOLD OUT

Wednesday, July 25, 5 to 8 p.m.
Walking Tour & Garden Reception –
Athens in Manhattan: The Role of Greek Revival Architecture in Early New York City

America turns 242 this year, and even if we start counting from the arrival of the Dutch in 1642, New York City is less than 400 years old — a baby by global standards!

As a burgeoning metropolis in a young republic, 19th-century New York sought to strengthen its position in the world by connecting itself to history—especially Ancient Greece, regarded as the birthplace of democracy. From these efforts, the Greek Revival style of architecture was born, linking New York to the glorious “Golden Age” of Athens in the 5th century BCE.

Join us for a walking tour focused on Greek Revival architecture in the neighborhood of the 1832 Merchant’s House Museum, itself an example of this powerfully symbolic style. Along the way, we’ll learn about the specific features of Greek Revival and compare the realities of Ancient Greek civilization with the ideal presented in 19th-century America. Enjoy Greek nibbles in the garden.

5-6 p.m. – Walking tour #1
6-7 p.m. – Reception in the garden of the Merchant’s House Museum
7-8 p.m. – Walking tour #2

Co-sponsored by the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation.
Reservations required.
Click here for 5 p.m. Walking Tour & Garden Reception
Click here for 6 p.m. Walking Tour & Garden Reception

AUGUST EVENTS

Thursday, August 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, until 8 p.m.
Summer Evenings in the Garden
Enjoy our “secret” 19th century garden at its most verdant and talk with head gardener John Rommel about this season’s historic plantings. Take a guided tour of the house at 6:30 p.m., or take a self-guided tour. Light Refreshments. Rain or Shine.
Admission $15, $10 Students & Seniors, FREE for Members.
SPECIAL $1 admission for the museum’s good neighbors (zip 10012 and 10003)

Sunday, August 13, 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: September 9, October 14, November 11.

Thursday, August 16, 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. for a glass of 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.
$35 per person; includes admission to the garden and walking tour. Tickets on sale early July.
Upcoming: September 20

SEPTEMBER EVENTS

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

Sunday, September 9, 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: October 14, November 11.

Thursday, September 20, 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. for a glass of 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.
$35 per person; includes admission to the garden and walking tour.

Sunday, September 23, 11:30 a.m.
Garden & Graveyard Walk: The Green Spaces of Little Italy, NoHo, Bowery & the Lower East Side.
This unique guided tour will visit graveyards, catacombs, and gardens, many not often open to the public, as well as the sites of the long-vanished Vauxhall Gardens and the Second African Burial Ground.
Tour begins at the Merchant’s House and last approximately two hours.
Capacity is very limited; reservations required, starting August 29. FREE.
Co-sponsors: Bowery Alliance of Neighbors, Elizabeth Street Garden, Liz Christy Garden, M’Finda Kalunga Garden, New York City Marble Cemetery, New York Marble Cemetery, and St Patrick’s Old Cathedral.

Wednesday, September 26, 6:30pm
Illustrated Talk –
Damnation Island: Poor, Sick, Mad, and Criminal in 19th-Century New York
With Author Stacy Horn

Author Stacy Horn will relate the chilling account of the infamous Blackwell’s Island (now Roosevelt Island), home to a lunatic asylum, two prisons, an almshouse, workhouses, and a number of hospitals. Built in the mid-19th century, it quickly became a place of abuse, cruelty, torture, and unbelievable neglect for the unfortunates incarcerated there. Books will be available for purchase.
$15, $10 MHM Members.

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.