Calendar of Events
Open through Monday, January 5
Exhibition: Christmas Comes to Old New York
Return engagement of
A CHRISTMAS CAROL at the MERCHANT’S HOUSE
Starring John Kevin Jones
20 characters, 1 actor, 1 hour!
Come celebrate the season with this unique retelling of a holiday classic, set in the Museum’s double parlor decorated in 19th century holiday style. Perfect for families.
Friday, December 19 − Tuesday, December 23, 7 p.m.
Special Christmas Eve performance, Wednesday, December 24, 6 p.m.
Friday, December 26 − Sunday, December 28, 7 p.m.
“masterful storytelling” and a “tour de force”
“stays true to Dickens’s voice”
“perfectly suited to the season”
NEW YEAR’S DAY, Thursday, January 1, 2 to 5 p.m.
‘Come Calling’ on New Year’s Day
Paying calls on friends and family on New Year’s Day was one of Old New York’s most cherished customs. Join us for tours of the house, 19th century readings about New Year’s Day celebrations, and punch and confectionery, as we continue the 19th century tradition of renewing, reviving, and reaffirming friendships. Holiday Raffle drawing at 4:30 p.m. “New York seemed to enjoy a general carnival. Broadway, from one end to the other, was alive with private carriages, omnibuses, cabs, and curricles, and lines of pedestrians fringed the carriageways.” From the Diary of Philip Hone, 1844. $20, $10 Members.
Friday, January 16, 6:30 p.m.
Dark Days of Winter Candlelight Ghost Tour
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 The New York Times called “Manhattan’s Most Haunted”) by flickering candlelight and hear true tales of inexplicable occurrences from the people who actually experienced them. 50 minutes. $20, $10 MHM Members. Reservations required; click here for tickets.
Tuesday, January 20, 6:30 p.m.
Standing the Test of Time: The Merchant’s House and a Neighborhood Transformed
Francis Morrone discusses the 1832 Merchant’s House throughout the history of the neighborhood, at a time when new changes threaten the house once again. We’ll look at exclusive Lafayette Place and the first residential district developed solely for the affluent; the role of families such as the Astors and Schermerhorns in the area’s growth (including the construction of the Astor Library and the Astor Place Opera House); the post-Civil War growth of lofts and factories (including many now-landmarked structures); and the neighborhood’s revival as Noho, a highly desirable residential address. And through it all, how 29 East 4th Street has remained stalwart — and intact.
This is event is co-sponsored by the American Friends of the Georgian Group and the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art.
$15 General Public, $8 GG, ICAA, and MHM members. Seating is limited. Reservations are required; click here for tickets.
Francis Morrone is a renowned architectural historian and writer. The author of eleven books, including, most recently, “Guide to New York City Urban Landscapes” (W.W. Norton, 2013). Morrone has also written highly-regarded architectural guidebooks to Philadelphia, and Brooklyn. His writings have appeared in many publications, including the Wall Street Journal, the New Criterion, City Journal, Humanities and the New York Sun, where he was an art and architecture critic. He teaches architectural and urban history at New York University, and is the recipient of the university’s Excellence in Teaching Award. Travel + Leisure magazine named him as one of the 13 best tour guides in the world. Other awards include the Arthur Ross Award of the Institute of Classical Architecture and Art.
Guided House Tours
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 of the Historic Noho Neighborhood
March through November, second Sunday of the month, 12:30 p.m. Tours are one hour and begin 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.
$10. Students & Seniors $5. FREE for Members. No reservations.
Sunday, March 8, 2015, 12:30 p.m.
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.
The Merchant’s House Museum is a member of the NYC Landmarks50 Alliance, which over the next two years will engage and educate the public about the importance of the NYC Landmarks Preservation Law (April 19, 1965) and celebrate its 50th anniversary.
NOTE: Tours are canceled in the case of heavy rain, snow, or extreme heat and cold advisories.