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; click here to purchase tickets.
Third Friday of the month, January – July
WALKING TOURS OF 19TH CENTURY NOHO
Second Sunday of the month, March – November
CURRENT EXHIBITIONS Click here
Thursday, until 8 p.m., September 7, 14, 21, 28
Summer Evenings in the Garden
Enjoy a glass of wine in our “secret” 19th century garden in bloom
Guided Tour, 6:30 p.m. Light Refreshments. Rain or Shine.
Admission $15, $10 Students & Seniors, FREE for Members.
Reservations not required.
Wednesday, September 20, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
Benefit in the Garden: A CALL TO ARMS
Please join us for cocktails and wines, hors d’oeuvres, tours of the house, and music in our 19th century garden.
We need your support! This is our last chance to stop the development next door.
All proceeds will go to paying for legal and engineering expenses to defeat the developers’ application for special permits to build an eight-story hotel adjacent to the 185-year-old landmark (inside and out) Merchant’s House.
Host Sponsor: Fairfax & Sammons Architects
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Saturday, September 30, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Insider’s Tour of the Merchant’s House: Ornamental Plaster
Join us for another in our series of rare off-hours tours of the 1832 Merchant’s House, one of only 117 buildings designated both an interior and exterior landmark in New York City. We’ll gather in the period kitchen for coffee and an overview of the history and architecture of the house, then proceed “behind the ropes,” focusing our tour on the exquisite ornamental plaster details, among the finest surviving from the 19th century in the United States. We’ll discuss the finer points of construction and design of ceiling medallions, cornices, and other unique details including rooms not open to the public.
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; click here to purchase tickets. Limited to 20 participants.
Saturday, September 30, 6:30 p.m.
Documentary Film Screening and Discussion –
In the Parlor: The Final Goodbye
In the 19th century, death was an integral and accepted part of life for families like the Tredwells, who held funerals for eight family members in their double parlor. When patriarch Seabury Tredwell died at home, in 1865, his wife, Eliza, and their children prepared and dressed the body for viewing and for burial, likely assisted by a “layer out of the dead” or an undertaker. With the rise of industrial society came the professional funeral director, who removed death care from the home.
In the Parlor: The Final Goodbye is both a critical look at America’s uncomfortable relationship with death and an inquiry into the growing revival of home death-care. The film takes viewers on an intimate journey into the lives of three families who have chosen to reclaim an active role in caring for their deceased as a more personal and fulfilling way to say goodbye. The film challenges us to reflect on how we view the experience of death, so often feared, denied, and left unspoken.
Heidi Boucher, filmmaker and home death care guide for over 30 years, wrote, directed, and produced In the Parlor: The Final Goodbye. A discussion will follow the screening (running time: 80 minutes).
$20, Members FREE; click here to purchase tickets.
For the full list of “Spirited” DEATH & MOURNING events, click here.
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Candlelight Ghost Tours of ‘Manhattan’s Most Haunted House’ (The New York Times)
Mind Reading and Mentalism at the Merchant’s House
1865 Funeral Reenactment
Concert: Chant Macabre
Tales from the Crypt: Halloween Readings
Wednesday, October 4, 6:30 p.m.
Members Only Exhibition Preview
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.
Sunday, October 8, 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. Next walking tour: Sunday, November 12.
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.
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.