Calendar of Events
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
October 20, 21, 26-30; capacity is strictly limited: click here to purchase tickets.
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
For the full list of “Spirited” DEATH & MOURNING events, click here.
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October 20, 21, 26-30 Candlelight Ghost Tours of ‘Manhattan’s Most Haunted House’ (The New York Times)
Friday, October 13 Mind Reading and Mentalism at the Merchant’s House
Sunday, October 15 1865 Funeral Reenactment
Wednesday, October 18 Concert: Chant Macabre
Tuesday, October 31 Tales from the Crypt: Halloween Readings
Wednesday, October 4, 6:30 p.m.
Members Only Exhibition Preview: “Truly We Live in a Dying World:” A 19th Century Home in Mourning
Thursday, October 5, through Monday, October 30
“Truly We Live in a Dying World:” A 19th Century Home in Mourning
Including rarely exhibited items of Tredwell family mourning dress and accessories from the collection.
Step back in time to 1865, when family patriarch Seabury Tredwell died at home in his second floor bedroom. Poignant scenes of death and grief recreated in the House will explore mid-19th century mourning customs. Pay your last respects at his deathbed upstairs, or join the mourning in the double parlor, hung with black crepe and set for a mid-19th century funeral. And stage your own “postmortem” photograph in our 19th century coffin. Then share with your friends on Instagram and Twitter #mhmcoffin2017.
Also on exhibit, Tredwell family photographs and mourning attire and accessories, including jewelry made of hair and jet, a black net veil, several bodices and shawls, and two 1870s mourning gowns.
Included with regular admission; reservations not required.
Friday, October 20 & Saturday, October 21
Thursday, October 26 to Monday, October 30
Candlelight Ghost Tours
Of ‘Manhattan’s Most Haunted House’ (The New York Times)
Updated with the latest eerie happenings! Seven family members died in the house; their funerals were held in the front parlor hung with black crepe. We invite you to venture into the dark and ghostly shadows of history by flickering candlelight to hear chilling tales of restless phantoms, voices calling into the night, and otherworldly occurrences from the people who actually experienced them.
50-minute tours begin every half hour from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Click here to purchase tickets.
Wednesday, November 8, 6:30 p.m.
“Straight from My Heart to Thine:” A Reading of 19th Century Letters of Condolence
With death ever-present, condolence letters were mainstays of 19th century life, missives of comfort written straight from the heart. Join us in the Tredwells’ Greek Revival double parlor (where eight family funerals took place) for a reading of letters by Thomas Carlyle, Walt Whitman, Charles Dickens, Emily Dickinson, Mark Twain, Abraham Lincoln, and Queen Victoria herself. Funeral director Amy Cunningham will lead a discussion of modern condolence letter writing following the reading. “Mourning biscuits,” a staple of 19th century funerals, and light fare will be served in our 1850s kitchen.
Amy Cunningham is a Brooklyn funeral director who helps families with green burials, cremation services in Green-Wood Cemetery’s crematory chapels, home vigils, and other sorts of memorials. Her blog, where she discusses these topics, can be found at TheInspiredFuneral.com
$15; Members $10. Limited capacity. Click here to purchase tickets.
Sunday, November 12 (Last of the Year! Walking Tours resume in March)
12:30 – 1:30 p.m.
A Walking Tour of Historic 19th Century Noho
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 walk the footsteps of these wealthy mercantile families whose elegant Federal mansions once lined the tranquil cobblestone streets. Our tour passes by iconic landmarks such as the imposing Colonnade Row, the Public Theater, and The Cooper Union, where Lincoln gave his ‘right makes might’ speech. 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 scandalous 1857 Bond Street murder of Harvey Burdell, one of the City’s still unsolved crimes.
$15, FREE for Members. Click here to purchase tickets.
NOTE: Tours are one hour and begin promptly.
Tours are canceled in the case of heavy rain, snow, or extreme heat and cold advisories.
Friday, November 17, 6:30 p.m.
Pre-Thanksgiving Candlelight Ghost Tour
of “Manhattan’s Most Haunted House”
Haunted by the prospect of your relatives at Thanksgiving? Join us on a Candlelight Ghost Tour to get in the mood. Doors slam, floorboards creak, voices call into the dead of night. Venture into the shadows of history to see the house where seven 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. $30, $25 Members. Click here to purchase tickets.
“#1 Most Haunted Place in NYC” (TimeOut New York, 2015 & 2016)
OPENS Friday, November 24, through Monday, January 8
Christmas Comes to Old New York: Holiday Traditions of the Tredwell Family
Scenes of holiday preparation recreated in the period rooms throughout the house show how many of our modern holiday traditions originated in mid-19th century New York. From table-top Christmas trees decorated with candles and handmade ornaments, to poinsettias and evergreens decking the halls, Christmas songs and carols, presents and stockings. And, of course, Santa Claus. On display, rarely exhibited Christmas presents from the Tredwell collection.
Free with museum admission.
Monday, November 27, 6:30 p.m.
Illustrated Talk –
A New York Christmas: Ho-Ho-Ho at Gothamtide!
Join New York City cultural historian Sibyl Groff (also affectionately known as Queen Santa and Lady Gothamtide) as she explores the magic and hidden treasures of the holidays in the City. In this lively talk, filled with anecdotes, you’ll learn about the 19th century beginnings of the traditions we celebrate today and how New York, a melting pot of diverse cultures, became the “Christmas capital.”
Her new guide book, A New York Christmas: Ho-Ho-Ho at Gothamtide!, is packed with remembrances and recommendations for all New York has to offer during the holidays, including many special secrets. Yes, Queen Santa says a visit to the Merchant’s House is “a must!” The book will be available for purchase.
$20, $10 Members. Click here to purchase tickets.
5th SMASH Year!
Limited engagement November 30 to December 27.
A CHRISTMAS CAROL at the MERCHANT’S HOUSE, Charles Dickens in New York, 1867
Starring John Kevin Jones as Mr. Dickens
Come celebrate the season with this unique retelling of a holiday classic, set in the Museum’s Greek Revival double parlor decorated in 19th century holiday style. Perfect for families. Meet Mr. Dickens and toast the holiday season before the performance. Mulled wine, cider, and light fare.
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“The Christmas Carol becomes doubly enchanting when one hears it performed by Dickens.” New York Herald, 1867
TimeOut New York: “One of the 10 Best Plays to see this holiday season”
“Masterful storytelling” and a “tour de force”
JANUARY 2018 EVENTS
NEW YEAR’S DAY, Monday, 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, FREE for 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.