Calendar of Events
Thursday, Noon to 8 p.m.
Friday – Monday, Noon to 5 p.m.
(Closed Tuesday, Wednesday, and major holidays.)
GUIDED HOUSE TOURS
Thursday, 2 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.
Friday – Monday, 2 p.m.
Second Sunday of the month, 12:30 – 1:30 p.m.
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Click here for “SPIRITED” October events: Candlelight Ghost Tours, Seabury Tredwell’s 1865 Funeral Reenactment, Chant Macabre: Songs from the Crypt, paranormal lecture with Dan Sturges, and Horror on Halloween.
“#1 Most Haunted Place in NYC” (TimeOut New York)
“Manhattan’s Most Haunted House” (The New York Times)
Sunday, November 13 (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.
$10, FREE for Members.
NOTE: Tours are one hour and begin promptly.
Limited to 20 people (first come, first served). No reservations.
Tours are canceled in the case of heavy rain, snow, or extreme heat and cold advisories.
Tuesday, November 15, 6:30 p.m.
Stanford White’s New York
Illustrated Talk by Justin Ferate, Urban Historian
Join Urban Historian Justin Ferate to learn of the rich New York legacy, the extravagant life, and the sensational death of the great architect Stanford White. Stanford White was a partner in McKim, Mead & White – America’s most noted architectural firm in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. White and his partners completed nearly 1,000 commissions, including public buildings, churches, social clubs, monuments, university buildings, and many others. The firm had a reputation for incorporating the lavish Beaux Arts style of embellishment into their public buildings, creating grand spaces designed to give Americans a great sense of civic pride.
Meanwhile, few came close to matching Stanford White’s sophisticated style and flair as a designer of opulent private homes – for such eminent American families as the Vanderbilts, Astors, Pulitzers, Paynes, and Whitneys (including some outside of New York).
The talk will also discuss the life of this well-loved architect, friend, and compatriot as well as his scandalous death, which has generated more “purple ink” than any comparable event in American history.
$30, Members $15.
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Justin Ferate was honored as New York’s “Most Engaging Tour Guide” by Governor George Pataki and the New York State Tourism Council. Mr. Ferate also wrote the official New York City Professional Tour Guide Licensing Examination for the City of New York. The AAA Guide to New York selected the Grand Central Terminal tour offered by Mr. Ferate as “New York’s Best Walking Tour!”
OPENS Friday, November 25
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.
OPENS Thursday, December 1
Charles Dickens Performs ‘A Christmas Carol’ in New York, December 1867
In December 1867, Charles Dickens arrived in New York City for a month of sold-out performances of his beloved 1843 holiday classic, A Christmas Carol. Dickens performed at the 2,500 seat Steinway Hall on 14th Street, the center of cultural life in the city, and just a few blocks from the Tredwell home. And the critics raved: “The Christmas Carol becomes doubly enchanting when one hears it performed by Dickens.” (New York Herald, 1867)
Exhibition in conjunction with A CHRISTMAS CAROL at the MERCHANT’S HOUSE, December 7-24.
Guest curator, Dayle Vander Sande
4th SMASH Year! Limited engagement December 10 to December 24.
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.
“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”
“Stays true to Dickens’s voice”
“Perfectly suited to the season”
Monday, December 12, 6 to 8 p.m.
Annual 19th-Century Holiday Party
With special performance previews of ‘A CHRISTMAS CAROL at the MERCHANT’S HOUSE, Charles Dickens in New York, 1867’ throughout the evening by star John Kevin Jones
The House will be in festive mid-19th century holiday dress with a table top tree, poinsettias, and greenery decking the halls. Join us for tours of the house, caroling, and a collation of Dickensian fare as we celebrate the holidays in Old New-York. Holiday raffle.
$25. Click here to purchase tickets.
FREE for Museum Members (Join Now!)
Members, please call 212-777-1089 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve.
2017 JANUARY EVENTS
NEW YEAR’S DAY, Sunday, 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.
GUIDED TOURS of the HOUSE
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.