Calendar of Events

NEW!!!! Open Thursdays until 8 p.m.
Guided Tour at 6:30 p.m.
Free with Admission.

NEW!!!! A Walking Tour of Historic 19th Century Noho
11 a.m., Third Sunday of the Month

GUIDED TOURS DAILY, 2 p.m. Free with admission.
Every Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday (Museum is closed Tuesday & Wednesday)
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CURRENT EXHIBITIONS
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Opens August 20
Lessons Learned: The Tredwell Daughters’ Schoolbooks

Through September 25
Out of Their Boxes: The Tredwell Costume Collection on Display
One-piece Summer Day Dress, c. 1858

Through November 2015
Manhattan’s First Landmark: The Merchant’s House Museum
Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the City’s groundbreaking Landmarks Law signed on April 19, 1965

SEPTEMBER EVENTS

Saturday, September 12, 3 p.m.
Exhibition Talk -
Tredwell Costume Collection/One-piece Summer Day Dress, ca. 1858
On display through Friday, September 25.
With Pamela Long, Textile Conservator

Wednesday, September 16, 7 to 9:30 p.m.
1832 Society Benefit: 5th Annual COCKTAILS in the GARDEN
Host Sponsor STUDIO SOFIELD

The Younger Members of the Merchant’s House Museum (40 and under) invite you to an early fall evening of cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, and music in our 19th century garden.
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September 20 through 27
NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission SITE OF THE WEEK: Merchant’s House Museum
In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Commission in 2015, each week the LPC is highlighting an individual landmark. LPC has launched a new website — www.landmarks.nyc, encompassing a year-long series of digital features and events at landmark sites throughout New York City.

Sunday, September 20, 11 a.m.
A Walking Tour of Historic 19th Century Noho (Third Sunday of the Month)
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Monday, September 21, 10 to 11:30 a.m. and 12 to 1:30 p.m.
A Walking Tour of the Noho Historic District
Co-sponsored by the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation
These tours have reached capacity; we are no longer accepting reservations.

On September 21, 1965, the Landmarks Preservation Commission held its inaugural meeting following the passing of the Landmarks Law in April. At that meeting, the 1832 Merchant’s House was designated the first landmark in the borough of Manhattan. In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the meeting, the Merchant’s House and GVSHP will give walking tours of 19th century landmark treasures of the NoHo Historic District.

On this one-hour walking tour, promenaders will see 11 buildings designated as individual New York City landmarks. In 1832, when the Merchant’s House was built, elegant Greek Revival row houses of red brick and white marble flanked the tree-lines streets of this fashionable residential enclave, known as the Bond Street area. At mid-century, cast iron made its first appearance and commercial buildings and factories came to dominate the area. By century’s end, Louis Sullivan’s 12-story steel-framed office building was scraping the sky on Bleecker Street.

We will be outdoors and on our feet the entire time, so please wear comfortable shoes and dress accordingly.

landmarks50 This program is part of NYC Landmarks50 Alliance, the multi-year celebration of the 50th anniversary of New York City’s Preservation Landmarks Law (April 19, 1965). All proceeds go directly to helping defray legal and engineering expenses incurred to protect the House from the impending construction next door. Learn more here.

 

 

Thursday, September 24, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Open Mic Nite in the Garden II
Our August Open Mic Nite was such a success, we’re doing it again. In the 19th century, literary salons gathered great thinkers, artists, and writers under one roof for a night of socialization and “improving conversation.” In that same spirit, the Merchant’s House is celebrating the works of today’s new writers, performance artists, and musicians with an Open Mic Nite in the Garden. Come share your work or simply enjoy. Refreshments will be served.
If you’d like to perform, please bring no more than 5 minutes of material. A sign-up sheet will be available upon entry.
Admission $10, Students & Seniors $5, FREE for Members. Reservations are not necessary.

Friday, September 25, 6:30 p.m.
Candlelight Ghost Tour
Of “Manhattan’s Most Haunted House” (The New York Times)

Eight 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 to hear chilling tales of restless phantoms, voices calling into the night, and other-worldy occurrences from the people who actually experienced them.
50 minutes. $20, $10 Members. Reservations required; click here to purchase tickets.

Sunday, September 27, 12:30 p.m.
Special Walking Tour: 19th Century Landmark Treasures of Noho
Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the passing of the Landmarks law in NYC in 1965.
See below for information.

 

OCTOBER EVENTS

For information on all ‘SPIRITED’ events … click here … if you dare …
Exhibition – “Truly We Live in a Dying World:” A 19th Century Home in Mourning
Illustrated Lecture: “Of All Nights in the Year:” The Secret and the Sacred in a 19th Century Hallowe’en
Concert – Chant Macabre: Songs from the Crypt

Candlelight Ghost Tours of ‘Manhattan’s Most Haunted House’ (The New York Times)
From Parlor to Grave: 1865 Funeral Reenactment and Graveyard Procession

Tales from the Crypt: Horror on Hallowe’en

Sunday, October 11, 12:30 p.m.
Special Walking Tour: 19th Century Landmark Treasures of Noho (Second Sunday of the Month)
Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the passing of the Landmarks law in NYC in 1965.
See below for information.

Sunday, October 18, 11 a.m.
A Walking Tour of Historic 19th Century Noho (Third Sunday of the Month)
See below for information.

 

NOVEMBER EVENTS

Sunday, November 8, 12:30 p.m.
Special Walking Tour: 19th Century Landmark Treasures of Noho (Second Sunday of the Month)
Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the passing of the Landmarks law in NYC in 1965.
See below for information.

Thursday, November 12, 6:30 p.m.
Illustrated Lecture: Conserving the Merchant’s House Gas Chandeliers
As well as being the first designated exterior landmark in Manhattan, the Merchant’s House is one of only 117 interior landmarks in New York City (1981). A significant presence in the House’s interior is a pair of gas chandeliers in the Greek Revival double parlor – possibly the oldest gaseliers remaining in situ in the Northeast. Conservator Julie Baker speaks on her 2006-7 project of dismantling, conserving, researching and documenting, and re-mounting these unique lighting fixtures with state-of-the-art fiber-optic illumination.
$10. $5 MHM Members. Tickets go on sale August 14.

Sunday, November 15, 11 a.m.
A Walking Tour of Historic 19th Century Noho (Third Sunday of the Month)
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Friday, November 27, through Monday, January 4
Exhibition – Christmas Comes to Old New York

 

DECEMBER EVENTS

Wednesday, December 2, 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 candlelight tours of the house, caroling, and a collation of Dickensian fare as we celebrate the holidays in Old New-York. Holiday raffle.
$25. Tickets go on sale November 1. FREE for Museum Members (Join Now!)
Members please call 212-777-1089 or email nyc1832@merchantshouse.org to reserve.

Return engagement of
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.
NEW this year! Toast the season before the performance with mulled wine and light fare.

“The Christmas Carol becomes doubly enchanting when one hears it performed by Dickens.”
New York Herald, 1867

Limited engagement December 10 to December 24
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“masterful storytelling” and a “tour de force”
“stays true to Dickens’s voice”
“perfectly suited to the season”

 

JANUARY 2016

NEW YEAR’S DAY, Friday, 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. Tickets go on sale November 1.

 

GUIDED TOURS of the HOUSE

DAILY at 2 p.m. Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday – FREE with Admission
(Museum closed Tuesday & Wednesday)
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

Tours are one hour and begin promptly. Limited to 20 people (first come, first served).
Tours are canceled in the case of heavy rain, snow, or extreme heat and cold advisories.

19th Century Landmark Treasures of NoHo (12:30 p.m., Second Sunday of the Month)
Sunday, August 9, September 27, October 11, and November 8
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.
Promenaders will return to the Museum in time to take the 2 p.m. Guided Tour if they wish.
$10, $5 Students & Seniors, FREE for Members.

landmarks50This program is part of NYC Landmarks50 Alliance, the multi-year celebration of the 50th anniversary of New York City’s Preservation Landmarks Law (April 19, 1965). All proceeds go directly to helping defray legal and engineering expenses incurred to protect the House from the impending construction next door. Learn more here.

 

 

A Walking Tour of Historic 19th Century Noho (11 a.m., Third Sunday of the Month)
Sunday, August 16, September 20, October 18, November 15
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, $5 Students & Seniors, FREE for Members.