Calendar of Events

MUSEUM HOURS
Thursday, Noon to 8 p.m.
Friday – Monday, Noon to 5 p.m.

(Closed Tuesday, Wednesday.)

GUIDED TOURS
Thursday, 2 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.
Friday – Monday, 2 p.m.
See below for more information

WALKING TOURS resume in March
Second Sunday of the month, 12:30 – 1:30 p.m.

See below for information.

CURRENT EXHIBITIONS
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Through Monday, April 18
Exhibition – The Tredwells’ Books Collection and the Changing 19th Century Culture of Books

Through Friday, April 29
Tredwell Costume Collection/Two-piece Spring and Summer Cotton Dress, 1862-1865

Ongoing
At the Tredwells’ Table: Highlights from the Collection

FEBRUARY EVENTS

Saturday, February 13, 7:30
Love in the Parlors: A Valentine in Concert
The Bond Street Euterpean Singing Society presents lush, romantic vocal music of the world’s greatest 19th-century composers performed in the Museum’s Greek revival double parlors. Chosen by NBC Online and TimeOut NY as a top pick for a Valentine’s evening, this annual event sells out fast. Singers Anthony Bellov, Amy Gluck, Jane Elizabeth Rady, and Dayle Vander Sande perform rarely heard gems by Bellini, Schubert, Fauré, Duparc, Rubinstein, Franz Abt, Amy Beach, Johann Strauss II, and others. 75 minutes.
$35, $25 Seniors, Students, MHM Members.
$20, Post-Performance Bubbly & Chocolate
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Friday, February 19, 6:30 & 7 p.m.
Note: the 7 p.m. tour is Sold Out, but there are still tickets available for 6:30 p.m.
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 eight 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, 2015)
50 minutes. $25, $15 Members. Click here to purchase tickets. 
Upcoming Ghost Tours: March 18, April 15, May 20, June 17.

Saturday, February 20, 3:30 p.m.
Special Interactive Tour for Families: A Child’s View of Life in 19th Century New York
29 East Fourth Street was home not only to the eight Tredwell children, but also to two young granddaughters. Come tour the house and learn what life was like for children (and adults) in the 1850s, from schoolwork and chores to games and play. Could you carry a bucket of coal up steep stairs? Do you have a calling card? A top hat? What, no hoop skirt? How did you take a bath? And penmanship really, really mattered.
Best for children 8 to 12 years old. $15, one adult, one child. $20, one adult, two children (max.).
Click here to purchase tickets.

Thursday, February 25, 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. Click here to purchase tickets.

Friday, February 26, 6:30 p.m.
Open Mic Nite in the Parlor

Our 2015 Open Mic Nite evenings were such a success, we’re making them a regular thing in 2016.
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 celebrates the works of today’s new writers, performance artists, and musicians. Come to share your work or simply enjoy. Wine & light refreshments will be served.
If you’d like to perform, please bring no more than 5 minutes of material; sign-up available upon entry.
Admission $13, Students & Seniors $8, FREE for Members. Reservations are not necessary.
Upcoming Open Mic Nites: Friday, March 25, April 29, May 27.

Saturday, February 27, 3 p.m.
Exhibition Talk -
Two-piece Spring and Summer Cotton Dress, 1862-1865, MHM 2002.0840
With Textile Conservator Pamela Long

Exhibition Opens Saturday, January 30

MARCH EVENTS

Sunday, March 13, 12:30 p.m.
Second Sunday Walking Tours resume!

A Walking Tour of Historic 19th Century Noho (Second Sunday of Every Month)
See below for information.

Thursday, March 17, Guided Tours at 12:30 p.m., 2 p.m., 4 p.m., and 6:30 p.m.
St. Patrick’s Day: A Tribute to the Tredwells’ Irish Servants with Bridget Murphy
Join us for a back-stairs tour of the Merchant’s House and explore the world of the Irish immigrants who worked as domestic servants for the Tredwell family. You’ll climb the narrow staircase to the fourth-floor servants’ quarters and see where the Tredwells’ four Irish servants lived and did some of their work, “arguably the oldest intact site of Irish habitation in New York City” (Time Out New York). In the kitchen, you’ll meet 19-year-old Bridget Murphy, who worked for the Tredwells in the 1850s. What did the servants do on their day off? Where did they shop? Go to church? How did they find employment when they first arrived? Bridget will tell you why it would have been impossible to run a home like the Merchant’s House without her.
Included with General Admission. Reservations not required.

Friday, March 18, 7 p.m.
“Spirit of the Irish” 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 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.
50 minutes. $30, $20 Members.
Upcoming Ghost Tours: April 15, May 20, June 17, July 15.

Friday, March 25, 6:30 p.m.
Open Mic Nite in the Parlor

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 celebrates the works of today’s new writers, performance artists, and musicians. Come to share your work or simply enjoy. Wine & light refreshments will be served.
If you’d like to perform, please bring no more than 5 minutes of material; sign-up available upon entry.
Admission $13, Students & Seniors $8, FREE for Members. Reservations are not necessary.
Upcoming Open Mic Nites: Friday, April 29, May 27.

Wednesday, March 30
Illustrated Talk: Butchery on Bond Street, with Author Benjamin P. Feldman
A collaboration with the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation
Time and location TBA. Free.
From The New Yorker: “In January, 1857, Harvey Burdell, a dentist with a taste for lowlife, was found stabbed to death in his quarters, on Bond Street, igniting one of the most famous murder scandals in New York City’s history. Suspicion immediately fell upon Burdell’s mistress (and landlady), Emma Cunningham, with whom he had been arguing violently over his ongoing refusal to marry her. The newspapers covered the case in salacious detail, and, at Cunningham’s trial, more than twelve times the usual number of prospective jurors were summoned, so that the case could be heard without prejudice. Feldman collates popular accounts with archival research-—the coroner, he finds, brought witnesses to the murder site and interrogated them in Burdell’s dentist’s chair—and tells the story like a gaslight-era episode of “Law & Order.”’

APRIL EVENTS

Sunday, April 10, 12:30 p.m.
A Walking Tour of Historic 19th Century Noho (Second Sunday of Every Month)
See below for information.

Friday, April 15, 7 p.m.
Dark Days of Almost-Spring 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 eight 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, 2015)
50 minutes. $25, $15 Members.
Upcoming Ghost Tours: May 20, June 17.

Saturday, April 23, Noon to 4pm
The Tredwells at Home, Living History:
The Habits of Good Society” – Etiquette and Entertaining at Home
It’s 1858 and 25-year-old Tredwell daughter Julia is receiving visitors in the front parlor. New York women in the 19th century maintained friendships and other social connections through the elaborate ritual of formal visiting – or “calling” — and in order to participate, everyone was expected to know the rules. When do you make a personal call, and when can you leave a calling card? How soon should you pay a “party call” after attending a ball or formal dinner? How do you know when a family is ready to receive visitors after mourning a death? What is a “sociable”? Come pay Julia a call and find out how she and other young women in 19th century New York navigate the ins and outs of fashionable society.
Free with admission. Reservations not required.

Friday, April 29, 6:30 p.m.
Open Mic Nite in the Parlor

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 celebrates the works of today’s new writers, performance artists, and musicians. Come to share your work or simply enjoy. Wine & light refreshments will be served.
If you’d like to perform, please bring no more than 5 minutes of material; sign-up available upon entry.
Admission $13, Students & Seniors $8, FREE for Members. Reservations are not necessary.
Upcoming Open Mic Nites: Friday, May 27.

Saturday, April 30, 3:30 p.m.
Special Interactive Tour for Families: A Child’s View of Life in 19th Century New York
29 East Fourth Street was home not only to the eight Tredwell children, but also to two young granddaughters. Come tour the house and learn what life was like for children (and adults) in the 1850s, from schoolwork and chores to games and play. Could you carry a bucket of coal up steep stairs? Do you have a calling card? A top hat? What, no hoop skirt? How did you take a bath? And penmanship really, really mattered.
Best for children 8 to 12 years old. $15, one adult, one child. $20, one adult, two children (max.).

MAY EVENTS

Sunday, May 8, 12:30 p.m.
A Walking Tour of Historic 19th Century Noho (Second Sunday of Every Month)
See below for information.

Wednesday, May 11, 1 to 4 p.m.
Merchant’s House Museum 80th Anniversary Celebration
On May 11, 1936, the Merchant’s House Museum opened its doors to the public fro the first time. Join us as we celebrate 80 years as a museum with tours of the house and publication of Miracle on Fourth Street: Saving an Old Merchant’s House, by Mary. L. Knapp.
Books will be available for purchase.
Admission 50 cents, as it was in 1936. No reservations.

Friday, May 20, 7 p.m.
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 eight 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, 2015)
50 minutes. $25, $15 Members.
Upcoming Ghost Tours: June 17.

Saturday, May 21, Noon to 4 p.m.
The Tredwells at Home, Living History:
Secrets of a Lady’s Toilette – Fashion and Beauty
It’s 1858 and 25-year-old Tredwell daughter Julia is in her mother’s bedroom getting ready for an evening at the theatre. In the 19th century, the theatre was a fashionable society event where women could see what others were wearing and be seen themselves, so she must dress her best. From silk sleeves and satin slippers to perfumed soaps and floral-scented skin powder, no detail is too small. How does she dress her hair? Are corsets comfortable? How many layers does it take to make the fashionable crinoline silhouette? Learn about Julia’s clothes, her cosmetics, and just how much work it takes to be well-dressed in 19th-century New York.
Free with admission. No reservations.

Friday, May 27, 6:30 p.m.
Open Mic Nite in the Parlor 

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 celebrates the works of today’s new writers, performance artists, and musicians. Come to share your work or simply enjoy. Wine & light refreshments will be served.
If you’d like to perform, please bring no more than 5 minutes of material; sign-up available upon entry.
Admission $13, Students & Seniors $8, FREE for Members. Reservations are not necessary.
Upcoming Open Mic Nites: TBA

 

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 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. (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.

 

SUNDAY WALKING TOURS (March through November)

Second Sunday of the Month
March 13, April 10, May 8, June 12, July 10, August 14, September 11, October 9, November 13
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).
Tours are canceled in the case of heavy rain, snow, or extreme heat and cold advisories.