Calendar of Events

NEW!!!! OPEN THURSDAY UNTIL 8 p.m. Starting May 7.
Guided tour at 6:30 p.m. Free with admission.

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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Through December 2015
Manhattan’s First Landmark

Through Monday, June 29
Out of Their Boxes: The Tredwell Costume Collection on Display

“Sacred to the Memory:” The 150th Anniversary of the Death of Seabury Tredwell

“All Broadway is Black with Mourning:” The 150th Anniversary of the Assassination and Funeral of Abraham Lincoln, April 1865

 

APRIL EVENTS

Tuesday April 21, 8:30 p.m.
30 Glorious Minutes of the Merchant’s House Museum on TV!
Tune in to see the Merchant’s House episode on Blueprint: New York City.
Channel 25, NYC Life, the City of New York’s lifestyle channel, Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment. Originally aired on March 17.

Blueprint: New York City “offers viewers a chance to look past the bricks and mortar and discover the history of some of the most famous buildings in New York.”

Sunday, April 26, 6 p.m.
Concert - Farewell, Father, Friend and Guardian: A Musical Elegy Commemorating President Lincoln’s Death
In commemoration of President Lincoln’s assassination 150 years ago, the Bond Street Euterpean Singing Society presents music composed in 1865 offering solace to a newly reunited nation in shock and grief. The program title comes from a popular song by celebrated American composer George F. Root, most famous for his Civil War songs. An illustrated lecture about the history of Lincoln’s assassination, its aftermath, and the funeral train that transported the president from Washington, D.C. to his final resting place in Springfield, Illinois intertwines iconography and period photos to make this a unique and edifying multimedia presentation.
$30, $20 Members; click here for tickets.

MAY EVENTS

May is Lower East Side History Month
Lower East Side History Month is an annual celebration of the rich and diverse history of the Lower East Side. Conceived by LES-based arts and community groups, LES History Month is an umbrella for a variety of public events, exhibits, tours, and learning opportunities — aiming to connect our present to our past, exploring how our history can inform and inspire our future. See the full schedule of events at www.leshistorymonth.org

Starting Thursday, May 7, House & Garden OPEN until 8 p.m.
Thursday Evening Hours Begin
Guided Tour at 6:30 p.m. Free with admission.

Sunday, May 10, 12:30 p.m.
Special Walking Tour: 19th Century Landmark Treasures of Noho
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Friday, May 15, 6:30 p.m.
Candlelight Ghost Tour
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Next Ghost Tour: Friday, June 19

Saturday, May 16, 10:30 a.m.
“Behind the Ropes” Tour of the Merchant’s House 1832 Ornamental Plasterwork
with Historic Plaster Specialist David Flaharty
The Merchant’s House Museum’s original Greek Revival decorative plasterwork is considered by many to be the most important extant in a pre-Civil War residential interior in the United States. Its survival is now jeopardized by two major construction projects on East Fourth Street. Plaster restoration expert David Flaharty, who initially repaired portions of the Museum’s plaster in a major 1970s stabilization, will lead a unique “behind the ropes” tour and fascinating exploration of this outstanding 19th century craftsmanship. Flaharty will also discuss and demonstrate DIY decorative plaster techniques to create your own Merchant’s House.
David Flaharty, sculptor and ornamental plasterer, has worked on the restoration and new construction of ornamental plasterwork in the American Wing of the Metropolitan Museum, the Diplomatic Reception Rooms at the U.S. Department of State, and The White House. He has been involved in the preservation and restoration of the Merchant’s House for almost 40 years. $20, Members $10. 75 minutes. Attendance strictly limited to 30 participants; click here for tickets.

Saturday, May 23, 3 p.m.
Exhibition Talk -
Tredwell Costume Collection/Two-piece Day Ensemble, ca. 1858
With Pamela Long, Textile Conservator

JUNE EVENTS

Every Thursday in June and July/Museum & Garden Open until 8 p.m. (Last entry 7:30 p.m.)
SUMMER EVENINGS in the GARDEN
Tours & Talks, 6:30 p.m. Light Refreshments. Rain or Shine.
June 4 – Opening Celebration. Free admission. Guided house tour
June 11 – Saratoga Springs: America’s 19th Century Club Med, with author Ben Feldman
June 18 – How Our 19th Century Garden Grows, with Merchant’s House Head Gardener John Rommel
June 25 – Dining Out: NYC’s First Restaurants, with professional chef and culinary educator Carl Raymond
Admission $10, $5 Students & Seniors, FREE for Members.

Tuesday, June 9, 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 115 interior landmarks in New York City (1981). A significant presence in the House’s interior is a pair of gas chandeliers – possibly the oldest gaseliers remaining in situ in the Northeast. Conservator Julie Baker speaks on her 2006-7 project of dismantling, conserving, researching, and re-mounting these unique lighting fixtures, and explains how they influenced the Museum’s future interpretation plans.
$10. $5 MHM Members

Sunday, June 14, 12:30 p.m.
Special Walking Tour: 19th Century Landmark Treasures of Noho
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Friday, June 19, 6:30 p.m.
Candlelight Ghost Tour
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Guided House Tours Daily, 2 p.m (Free with admission)

Every Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday, 2 p.m.
(Museum is 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, 12:30 p.m.
19th Century Landmark Treasures of NoHo

12:30 p.m., April 19, May 10, June 14, July 12, August 9, September 27, October 11, and November 8
Tours are one hour and begin promptly at 12:30 p.m. Limited to 20 people (first come, first served).
Promenaders will return to the Museum in time to take the 2 p.m. Guided Tour if they wish.

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.
$10, $5 Students & Seniors, FREE for Members.
Limited to 20 people. Reservations not required.

NOTE: Tours are canceled in the case of heavy rain, snow, or extreme heat and cold advisories.

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.