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.

MONTHLY CANDLELIGHT GHOST TOURS
Third Friday, January – July. 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.

FEBRUARY EVENTS & EXHIBITIONS

Thursday Evenings, 5 to 8 p.m.
Special 2-for-1 admission
Museum open 12 to 8 p.m.
Guided tour 6:30 p.m.

The Museum will CLOSE at 5 p.m. on Thursday, February 20, for a private event.

Friday, February 21, 6:30 p.m. SOLD OUT!
Dark Days of Winter Candlelight Ghost Tour of “Manhattan’s Most Haunted House” (The New York Times)
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 hear true tales of inexplicable occurrences from the people who actually experienced them.
“#1 Most Haunted Place in NYC” (TimeOut New York)
50-60 minutes. $30, $20 Members. Click here for tickets.
Upcoming Ghost Tours: Friday, March 13, April 17, May 15, June 19, July 17.

Thursday, February 27, 6:30 p.m.
Bricks and Brownstone: The New York Row House
The classic book Bricks & Brownstone, originally written by Charles Lockwood and published in 1972, is the first and still the only volume to examine in depth the changing form and varied architectural styles of the much-loved New York City row house, or brownstone.  That edition helped pave the way for a brownstone revival that has transformed New York’s historic neighborhoods over the past half-century.

This revised and expanded edition, published by Rizzoli, revisits the classic comprehensively, with updated text and additional chapters, and an abundance of specially commissioned color photography.
Join author Patrick W. Ciccone for a lecture and celebration of the revised edition of this classic work featuring Federal, Greek Revival, Gothic Revival, Italianate, and Second Empire architectural styles and so much more.

Tickets: $15, or $65 including a copy of Bricks and Brownstone (retail: $85). Click here for tickets.
NOTE LOCATION: The Salmagundi Arts Club, 47 5th Avenue at 12th Street
This event is not fully accessible, as there are ten steps up to the front door.

Presented in partnership with the Salmagundi Arts Club and Village Preservation.

Patrick W. Ciccone is a New York City-based preservationist who has led major historic rehabilitation projects in Manhattan, Brooklyn, upstate New York, and Pennsylvania.

Saturday, February 29, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Behind-the-Ropes: Insider’s Tours of the Merchant’s House
Second in a Series – Changing Tastes in 19th Century Furniture
Next up: Saturday, March 28: 100 Years of Domestic Lighting
Join us for a series of “behind the ropes” tours of the Merchant’s House. From late Federal to Greek Revival, Duncan Phyfe to Rococo Revival, whale oil to gas to kerosene, 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.

Changing Tastes in 19th Century Furniture. We’ll explore in detail the finer points of the original Tredwell family collection of furniture and what it tells us about both the tastes and values of Antebellum New Yorkers and how growing international connections made lasting impact on design, trade, and international relations.

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.

FEBRUARY EXHIBITIONS

Thursday, January 30, through Monday, May 4
Sylvia:  A 19th Century Life Unveiled
In 2002, a small, timeworn leather trunk was discarded for garbage on a sidewalk in Lower Manhattan; it was found replete with the cherished keepsakes of a 19th century New York City woman. Thus began visual artist Stacy Renee Morrison’s self-proclaimed love affair with Sylvia DeWolf Ostrander, whose early life parallels that of Gertrude Tredwell, who lived at 29 East 4th Street.

For almost two decades, Ms. Morrison has been on an obsessive quest to weave together Sylvia’s life in the 19th century through the personal belongings she left behind — and to re-imagine it in today’s world through art and fashion.

This is the first time Sylvia’s trunk and its treasured contents will be exhibited in public.  On display, an invitation to a ball honoring the Prince of Wales in 1860, letters from the Civil War, Sylvia’s journals, mourning jewelry made of human hair, paper dolls, and other ephemera. Photographs and screen-printed clothing illustrate Sylvia’s life in the present as the artist’s muse.

Stacy Renee Morrison is a visual artist who often forgets what century it is.  She finds herself haunted by women who lived their lives well before her own and creates visual biographies of their pasts.  When Stacy is fully present in the 21st century she teaches in the BFA Photography and Video Department and MFA Visual Narrative Departments at the School of Visual Arts in New York City.

“I imagine backwards; an apparition in her bygone era.
She visits me in the present as the girl of my dreams.”

MARCH EVENTS & EXHIBITIONS

Thursday Evenings, 5 to 8 p.m.
Special 2-for-1 admission
Museum open 12 to 8 p.m.
Guided tour 6:30
p.m.

Sunday, March 8, 12:30 p.m.
Second and Fourth Sunday Walking Tours resume!

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 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.
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 tours: March 22; April 12, 26; May 10, 24; June 7, 21; July 12, 26.

Thursday-Monday, March 12-16
A Tribute to the Tredwells’ Irish Servants

Thursday, March 12, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
An Evening with Bridget Murphy
6 p.m. Join Tredwell servant Bridget Murphy in the kitchen for, what else, green beer.
6:30 p.m. Then take a “back-stairs” tour and experience what daily life was really like for the Irish servants through their eyes. You’ll visit four floors of period rooms, from the ground floor kitchen to the 4th floor servants’ quarters, where they lived and did some of their work.
This unparalleled tour tells the heroic story of the Irish women who worked in domestic service in 19th century New York, overcoming homesickness, culture shock, and prejudice to cultivate a new home and a new identity on foreign soil – and ultimately altering the face of New York City forever.

“Arguably the oldest intact site of Irish habitation in New York City.” (Time Out New York).
Included with museum admission.

Friday, March 13, 6:30 p.m. 
“Spirit of the Irish” Candlelight Ghost Tour
Includes the 4th Floor Servants’ Quarters!
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 hear true tales of inexplicable occurrences from the people who actually experienced them. Many of the most peculiar occurrences have been related to the Tredwells’ Irish servants, and so this special tour will include the 4th floor Servants’ Quarters. 60 minutes. $40, $35 Members. Click here to purchase tickets.

Saturday, March 14, Guided Tours 2 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.
A Tribute to the Tredwells’ Irish Servants with Bridget Murphy
This unparalleled “back stairs” tour tells the heroic story of the Irish women who flooded into New York City in the 19th century to escape famine and hardship in Ireland. In 1855, approximately 24,000 Irish immigrants worked as servants for wealthy families like the Tredwells. They overcame homesickness, culture shock, and prejudice to cultivate a new home and a new identity on foreign soil – ultimately altering the face of New York City forever.

You’ll visit four floors of period rooms, from the ground floor kitchen to the 4th floor servants’ quarters, experience what daily life was really like for the Irish servants through their eyes. where they lived and did some of their work.

“Arguably the oldest intact site of Irish habitation in New York City” (Time Out New York).

1 p.m. – 4 p.m. You’ll meet Tredwell servant Bridget Murphy, who will play traditional Irish airs on the harp and entertain guests with her singing. She’ll also tell you the many reasons why it would have been impossible to run a home like the Merchant’s House without her. Included with museum admission. No reservations.

Sunday, March 15, 12:30 p.m.
Walking Tour: In the Footsteps of Bridget Murphy
Meeting place: Old St. Patrick’s Church (Mott Street Entrance btw Prince and Houston Streets)
In this special walking tour, we’ll explore the world of Irish immigrants, who flooded into New York City in the 19th century to escape famine and hardship in Ireland; in 1855, approximately 24,000 Irish immigrants worked as servants for wealthy families like the Tredwells. We’ll explore the world of these immigrants and see sites associated with a servant’s life outside the walls of her employer’s home.
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.

Sunday, March 15, and Monday, March 16, 2 p.m.
Guided Tour – Bridget Murphy: The Life of an Irish Servant

Thursday, March 19, 6 p.m.
Marching Towards Modernity: The Women of Greenwich Village and the Art and Politics of Social Change at the Turn of the Century

This lecture will focus on the extraordinary women who lived and worked in Greenwich Village at the turn of the 20th century when the neighborhood was transitioning from a tony enclave turned immigrant haven to a bohemian paradise. Marching into the new century as some of the nation’s foremost advocates for suffrage, labor reform and birth control, and exploding traditional forms of art and inquiry as founders and creators of some of the nation’s most avant-garde art and institutions, the women of Greenwich Village helped lead the city and the nation into the Modern World.
This event is accessible.

Admission is free. Click here to register (required).
NOTE LOCATION: Tompkins Square Park Library, 331 East 10th Street (btw Aves A&B)
Co-hosted by the Village Alliance and
Women’s History Month at Village Preservation

Sunday, March 22, 12:30 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 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.
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 tours: April 12, 26; May 10, 24; June 7, 21; July 12, 26.

Thursday, March 26, 6:30 p.m.
Illustrated Talk –
Sylvia:  A 19th Century Life Unveiled

In 2002, a small, timeworn leather trunk discarded on a sidewalk in Lower Manhattan was found replete with the cherished keepsakes of a 19th century woman. Thus began visual artist Stacy Renee Morrison’s self-proclaimed love affair with Sylvia DeWolf Ostrander, whose early life parallels that of Gertrude Tredwell, who lived at 29 East 4th Street, now the Merchant’s House Museum.

Learn about Ms. Morrison’s almost two decades-long quest to weave together Sylvia’s life in the 19th century through the personal belongings she left behind — and to re-imagine it in today’s world through art and fashion.

This talk is presented in conjunction with an exhibition of the same name at the Merchant’s House. On display, an invitation in 1860 to a ball honoring the Prince of Wales, letters from the Civil War, Sylvia’s journals, mourning jewelry made of human hair, paper dolls, and other ephemera. Photographs and screen-printed clothing illustrate Sylvia’s life in the present as the artist’s muse. The exhibition is open January 30-May 4, 2020.

Stacy Renee Morrison is a visual artist who often forgets what century it is.  She finds herself haunted by women who lived their lives well before her own and creates visual biographies of their pasts. When Stacy is fully present in the 21st century, she teaches in the BFA Photography and Video Department and MFA Visual Narrative Departments at the School of Visual Arts in New York City.

Admission is FREE. Click here to register. Registration is required.

Co-hosted by Village Preservation and the Village Alliance

NOTE LOCATION: The Baha’i Center
53 East 11th Street (Btw University & Broadway)
This event is not fully accessible; there are three steps to the auditorium.

Saturday, March 28, 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 “behind the ropes” tours of the Merchant’s House. From late Federal to Greek Revival, Duncan Phyfe to Rococo Revival, whale oil to gas to kerosene, 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.

100 Years of Domestic Lighting. We’ll examine the finer points of the Tredwell Lighting collection, comprising 200-plus objects and spanning more than 100 years. The tour begins in the 1850s kitchen (bring your own coffee) for an overview, and continues through the house, ending in the rarely seen 3rd floor (now staff offices) for an up-close look at rare pieces from the Lighting Collection not currently on display.

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. 

APRIL EVENTS & EXHIBITIONS

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

Sunday, April 12, 12:30 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 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.
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 tours: April 26; May 10, 24; June 7, 21; July 12, 26.

Friday, April 17, 6:30 p.m.
“April Is the Cruellest Month” Candlelight Ghost Tour
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. $30, $20 Member Click here to purchase tickets.
Next Ghost Tours: May 15, June 19, July 17

Sunday, April 26, 12:30 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 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.
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 tours: May 10, 24; June 7, 21; July 12, 26.

Wednesday, April 29, 6:30 p.m.
Illustrated Talk
Aegean Breezes: Greek Revival Architecture in America and New York, 1800-1840
Reception in the Garden Follows
Join us for a wide-ranging look at what we call the “Greek Revival” in American architecture, a phenomenon much more complex than the simplistic name suggests. We will look at the origins of “Neoclassicism” in 17th and 18th century European architecture and archaeology, and its migration across the Atlantic in the 18th and early 19th centuries, at the works of such architects in America as Latrobe, Mills, Strickland, Town, Davis, and Walter, and at Greek Revival New York, including the adaptation of the Greek temple to the humble row house.

In New York, we will discuss Sailors’ Snug Harbor, La Grange Terrace, the Custom House of 1833-42, 1-13 Washington Square North, and several other works, not least 29 East 4th St., the Merchant’s House Museum, an unrivaled resource for the study of Neoclassicism in urban domestic architecture in America. The lavishly illustrated lecture will help to place the Merchant’s House in its proper context in architectural history.

After the talk, join Francis Morrone for a reception in the Museum’s 19th century garden.

A collaboration with the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art.
$60 General Public, $40 MHM & ICAA Members. Click here to purchase tickets.
To Benefit the Legal Fund
Seating is limited. Doors open at 6:15 p.m.

Francis Morrone is an architectural historian and the author of twelve books, including “Guide to New York City Urban Landscapes” (W.W. Norton, 2013) and, with Henry Hope Reed, “The New York Public Library: The Architecture and Decoration of the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building” (W.W. Norton, 2011), as well as architectural guidebooks to Philadelphia and to Brooklyn. His “History of the East Village and Its Architecture” was published in 2019 by the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation through a grant from the Preservation League of New York State. He is the recipient of the Arthur Ross Award of the Institute of Classical Architecture and Art, the Landmarks Lion Award of the Historic Districts Council, and New York University’s Excellence in Teaching Award. Travel and Leisure Magazine named him one of the thirteen best tour guides in the world.

APRIL EXHIBITIONS

Thursday, January 30, through Monday, May 4
Sylvia:  A 19th Century Life Unveiled
In 2002, a small, timeworn leather trunk was discarded for garbage on a sidewalk in Lower Manhattan; it was found replete with the cherished keepsakes of a 19th century New York City woman. Thus began visual artist Stacy Renee Morrison’s self-proclaimed love affair with Sylvia DeWolf Ostrander, whose early life parallels that of Gertrude Tredwell, who lived at 29 East 4th Street.

For almost two decades, Ms. Morrison has been on an obsessive quest to weave together Sylvia’s life in the 19th century through the personal belongings she left behind — and to re-imagine it in today’s world through art and fashion.

This is the first time Sylvia’s trunk and its treasured contents will be exhibited in public.  On display, an invitation to a ball honoring the Prince of Wales in 1860, letters from the Civil War, Sylvia’s journals, mourning jewelry made of human hair, paper dolls, and other ephemera. Photographs and screen-printed clothing illustrate Sylvia’s life in the present as the artist’s muse.

Stacy Renee Morrison is a visual artist who often forgets what century it is.  She finds herself haunted by women who lived their lives well before her own and creates visual biographies of their pasts.  When Stacy is fully present in the 21st century she teaches in the BFA Photography and Video Department and MFA Visual Narrative Departments at the School of Visual Arts in New York City.

“I imagine backwards; an apparition in her bygone era.
She visits me in the present as the girl of my dreams.”

TOURS

A Self-Guided Tour booklet is available for those who wish to tour the house on their own.

Guided House Tours
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.

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.