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

MARCH

Through Monday, April 15
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.

Through Monday, May 20
Exhibition –
The Changing Silhouette of Fashion: The Decade of the 1890s
Day Dress, MHM 2002.0830

The Tredwell Costume Collection comprises more than 400 articles of clothing. The core of the collection consists of 39 dresses documented to have been owned by the women of the family. The Changing Silhouette of Fashion is a changing exhibition featuring Tredwell dresses from each decade of the 19th and early 20th centuries. These dresses show the changing silhouette of fashion over 100 years, and tell us about the women who wore them and the society in which they lived.

Next in the series is a two-piece cotton day dress from the early 1890s. The dress has leg-of-mutton sleeves, which was one of the defining characteristics of ladies fashion during this decade. It also features an even-length hem with no train, making it a more practical option for outdoor activities, such as walking, visiting friends, or shopping. Included with general admission.

Tuesday, March 19, 7 p.m.
Illustrated Presentation
The NEW New York: 19th Century Irish Immigration and the Revolution

This talk will look at archbishops, saints-in-waiting, gangsters, rogues, jesters and other colorful characters. There will be a special emphasis on “Fenian New York,” a refuge for Irish revolutionaries since the failed Rising of 1867.

In Fenian New York you’ll meet the likes of John Devoy, Jeremiah O’Donovan Rossa, 1916 martyr Thomas Clarke (the only American citizen executed by the British in 1916), and Sir Roger Casement, who since his death has not only become a patriot but a gay icon. It should also be remembered that Eamon de Valera, President of Ireland, was born in New York in 1882 and spent several crucial years in New York between 1919-20.

Dermot McEvoy is the author of six books including the novels, The 13th Apostle: a Novel of Michael Collins and the Irish Uprising, Our Lady of Greenwich Village, and the forthcoming True Tales of Irish New York. He is a frequent contributor to IrishCentral.com where he writes on history, politics, and culture.

NOTE LOCATION: 6th Street Community Center, 638 East 6th Street
FREE. Click here for reservations. This event is fully accessible.

Presented in partnership with the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation

Sunday, March 24, 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: April 14, 28; May 12, 26; June 9, 23; July 14, 28.

Saturday, March 30, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Behind-the-Ropes: Insider’s Tours of the Merchant’s House
Third in a Series – 100 Years of Domestic Lighting
Join us for a series of rare off-hours tours of the Merchant’s House. We’ll explore in detail the architecture of the 1832 Merchant’s House, one of only 120 buildings designated an interior and exterior landmark in New York, and examine the finer points of the original Tredwell family collection of furniture and domestic lighting.

We’ll gather in the 1850s kitchen (bring your own coffee) for an overview of the landmark Merchant’s House and intact collection of more than 3,000 objects owned by the Tredwell family. We’ll then tour the house, including the rarely seen bedrooms on the 3rd floor (now staff offices), even peek up into the attic. We’ll pull out drawers to show furniture construction details, remove shades of lamps to see the workings, open locked doors … and more. From Duncan Phyfe to Rococo Revival; whale oil to gas to kerosene; late Federal to Greek Revival, you’ll gain new perspectives on these unique insider’s tours, learning about changing period styles and technologies and how they reflect the attitudes and values of the merchant class in mid-19th century New York City.

About presenter Anthony Bellov: Bachelor’s in Architecture from Pratt Institute, Graduate in Museum Leadership from Bank Street College of Education, long-time volunteer and board member of the Merchant’s House Museum and an aficionado in 19th Century American Decorative Arts and Architecture.

$30, $25 Members. Limited to 20 participants. Click here to purchase tickets.

Sunday, March 31, 3 p.m.
Walking Tour: Spiritualists & Suffragettes of NoHo
With Boroughs of the Dead
Discover a forgotten aspect of women’s history on this spirited walking tour! The 19th century saw an enormous wave of interest in spirit communication, with women at the forefront of the American Spiritualist movement. New York City, unsurprisingly, was a hotbed of both serious spiritual inquiry and curiosity-seeking spectacle, and the Bond Street area, now known as NoHo, contains a plethora of locales associated with the Spiritualists of the 19th century.

Even wealthy New Yorkers like the Tredwells hosted neighbors and friends in their homes to showcase the latest in psychic entertainments. This 90-minute walking tour will lead you into the realm of self-styled mediums, spirit photographers, radical suffragettes and Spiritualists, including Tredwell neighbor Victoria Woodhull (first woman to run for president), as we explore the link between Spiritualism and the beginnings of the women’s movement in America.

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.

Tour begins at the NE corner of 1st Avenue and 1st Street (Peretz Square) and is approximately 90 minutes; less than one mile of walking. It is fully accessible. Tour ends on Bond Street.

$25 General; $20 MHM Members. Capacity is limited.  Click here to purchase tickets.

APRIL

Through Monday, April 15
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.

Through Monday, May 20
Exhibition –
The Changing Silhouette of Fashion: The Decade of the 1890s
Day Dress, MHM 2002.0830

The Tredwell Costume Collection comprises more than 400 articles of clothing. The core of the collection consists of 39 dresses documented to have been owned by the women of the family. The Changing Silhouette of Fashion is a changing exhibition featuring Tredwell dresses from each decade of the 19th and early 20th centuries. These dresses show the changing silhouette of fashion over 100 years, and tell us about the women who wore them and the society in which they lived.

Next in the series is a two-piece cotton day dress from the early 1890s. The dress has leg-of-mutton sleeves, which was one of the defining characteristics of ladies fashion during this decade. It also features an even-length hem with no train, making it a more practical option for outdoor activities, such as walking, visiting friends, or shopping. Included with general admission.

Sunday, April 14, 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: April 28; May 12, 26; June 9, 23; July 14, 28.

Friday, April 19, 6:30 p.m.  
“April is the Cruellest Month” Candlelight Ghost Tour
$30, $20 Members. Click here for tickets and more information.
Upcoming Ghost Tours: May 17, June 28, July 19.

Friday April 19, 10 p.m.
Dead of Night Candlelight Ghost Tour
With Paranormal Investigator Dan Sturges

Join renowned paranormal investigator Dan Sturges 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 eerie-est findings —including some spine-tingling “call-and-response” audio between the living — and, possibly, the dead. Come with your questions for one of the most knowledgeable specialists in the field!

Dan Sturges is the founder of Sturges Paranormal and has been documenting the paranormal activity at the Merchant’s House for more than 10 years. He appears on the Travel Channel’s new weekly series, Paranormal Caught on Camera.

Tour is 75 minutes; capacity strictly limited to 20. $60, $40 MHM Members. Click here to purchase tickets.
Doors open at 9:50 p.m.; NO LATE ENTRY once the tour begins.
Upcoming: May 17, June 28, July 19

The Museum will be OPEN on EASTER SUNDAY, April 21, 12 to 5 p.m.

Tuesday, April 23, 6 p.m. Reception – drinks available for purchase; 6:30 p.m., Presentation
Illustrated Presentation
Stoops to Conquer: The Evolution of the New York Townhouse
New York City in the popular imagination may be defined by the skyscraper, but in reality, our city’s landscape is dominated by a grid plan that minced most blocks into a staggering number of narrow lots. These produced entire neighborhoods of narrow residential buildings, making the townhouse the true vernacular architecture of the city.

Join architect Richard Sammons as he traces the origins and evolution of the ever-present townhouse in New York City. Townhouses give so many historic neighborhoods their charm, but what are the weaknesses of the form? And how can modern architects and city-dwellers improve upon this classic architectural style to bring the economical, adaptable, and sustainable townhouse into the 21st century?

Richard Sammons is a principal at Fairfax & Sammons Architects, whose offices are in New York and Palm Beach. Richard is an award-winning designer, having designed and rehabilitated dozens of townhouses in his career.

NOTE LOCATION: Salmagundi Club, Lower Gallery, 47 Fifth Avenue
FREE. This event is not fully accessible. Click here for reservations.

Presented in partnership with Village Preservation

Wednesday, April 24, 6:30 p.m.
The NEW New York: 19th Century Immigration — Kleindeutschland: Little Germany in New York City
Illustrated Presentation by Richard Haberstroh

This talk will explore a detailed history of the development of the German American community in New York City and the East Village/Lower East Side, within the larger context of 19th-century immigration as a whole. Various aspects of society and day-to-day life in the German community in New York will be discussed, providing insight into specific characteristics of this particular immigrant experience in the city, some physical remnants of which still remain more than a century later.

Richard Haberstroh is a native New Yorker, whose six German ancestors arrived in New York between 1835 and 1852 and resided in Kleindeutschland. He lectures and publishes broadly on various topics including the story of German immigration and settlement in New York City. He is also the author of the book, The German Churches of Metropolitan New York: a Research Guide.

NOTE LOCATION: Third Street Music School, 235 East 11th Street
FREE. Click here for reservations.This event is fully accessible.

Presented in partnership with Village Preservation.

Sunday, April 28, 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: May 12, 26; June 9, 23; July 14, 28.

MAY

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

Thursday, May 9, 6:30 p.m.
The NEW New York: 19th Century Immigration
Fighting Anti-Asian Discrimination in 19th Century Greenwich Village
Illustrated Presentation by Dylan Yeats

Following the passage of the 1882 Exclusion Acts, thousands of Chinese Americans moved to New York City to escape the increase of racist violence sweeping the nation. Here, they formed organizations to defend their rights and assert their interests. While most of this took place in what would become Chinatown, Greenwich Village was also a center for Chinese American organizing in the late 1800s.

Join Dylan Yeats, Visiting Scholar at the Asian/ Pacific/ American Institute at NYU, for a talk about the Chinese American immigrant-rights activists who lived and worked in Greenwich Village 130 years ago. These young men and women worked with neighborhood churches and institutions to try to protect and extend equal rights for all races. Learn how their under-recognized victories and defeats shaped a formative moment in U.S. history and continue to resonate today.
Co-sponsored by Village Preservation.
FREE. Registration begins on April 1.
NOTE LOCATION: Bahai Center, East 11th Street. This event is accessible, with four stairs in the lobby.

Every Saturday and Sunday, starting May 11 and 12, 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!
For more information nyc1832@merchantshouse.org
merchantshouse.org/calltoarms #savethemerchantshouse #dontmesswithgertrude

Sunday, May 12, 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.

Friday, May 17, 6:30 p.m.  
Candlelight Ghost Tour
$30, $20 Members. Click here for tickets and more information.
Upcoming Ghost Tours: June 28, July 19.

Friday, May 17, 10 p.m.
Dead of Night Candlelight Ghost Tour
With Paranormal Investigator Dan Sturges

Join renowned paranormal investigator Dan Sturges 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 eerie-est findings —including some spine-tingling “call-and-response” audio between the living — and, possibly, the dead. Come with your questions for one of the most knowledgeable specialists in the field!

Dan Sturges is the founder of Sturges Paranormal and has been documenting the paranormal activity at the Merchant’s House for more than 10 years. He appears on the Travel Channel’s new weekly series, Paranormal Caught on Camera.

Tour is 75 minutes; capacity strictly limited to 20. $60, $40 MHM Members. Click here to purchase tickets.
Doors open at 9:50 p.m.; NO LATE ENTRY once the tour begins.
Upcoming: June 28, July 19

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 and Sunday, 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!
For more information nyc1832@merchantshouse.org
merchantshouse.org/calltoarms #savethemerchantshouse #dontmesswithgertrude

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)

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.
Registration begins on April 1.

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

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: 19th Century Immigration — 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 stopping in New York City at least for some time. While the Lower East Side and Little Italy are well-know for their immigrant history, many don’t remember today that the area south of Washington Square was actually one of the most densely populated Italian precincts in the city.

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 the Italians in the district and talk about how important it is to hold onto 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, his 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 and has become a standard reference work on NYC history. He’s currently researching a new book on America’s love affair with utopianism. FREE. Reservations required; sign-up after April 1.
Co-sponsored by Village Preservation
NOTE LOCATION: The Washington Institute, 41 East 11th Street, 4th Floor

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 Tours: July 19.

Friday, June 28, 10 p.m.
Dead of Night Candlelight Ghost Tour
With Paranormal Investigator Dan Sturges

Join renowned paranormal investigator Dan Sturges 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 eerie-est findings —including some spine-tingling “call-and-response” audio between the living — and, possibly, the dead. Come with your questions for one of the most knowledgeable specialists in the field!

Dan Sturges is the founder of Sturges Paranormal and has been documenting the paranormal activity at the Merchant’s House for more than 10 years. He appears on the Travel Channel’s new weekly series, Paranormal Caught on Camera.

Tour is approx. 75 minutes; capacity strictly limited to 20.
$60, $40 MHM Members. Click here to purchase tickets.
Doors open at 9:50 p.m.; NO LATE ENTRY once the tour begins.
Upcoming: July 19

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. Click here to purchase tickets.

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. Click here to purchase tickets.