Calendar of Events
NEW!!!! OPEN THURSDAY UNTIL 8 p.m.
Guided tour, 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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Through Monday, June 29
Out of Their Boxes: The Tredwell Costume Collection on Display
Saturday, May 23, 3 p.m., Exhibition Talk with Pamela Long, Textile Conservator
“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
Through December 2015
Manhattan’s First Landmark
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 Mother’s Day Walking Tour: 19th Century Landmark Treasures of Noho
Celebrate with Mom and join us on this one-hour promenade through the NoHo Historic District.
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Friday, May 15, 6:30 p.m.
Candlelight Ghost Tour of “Manhattan’s Most Haunted House” (The New York Times)
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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
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
Tuesday, June 2, 8 p.m.
The Merchant’s House Museum: A Culinary Exploration of Old New York
A collaboration with the National Arts Club
In this illustrated talk, culinary educator, professionally trained chef and museum guide Carl Raymond will present a virtual culinary tour of this extraordinary historic house museum, from the intimate family dining room and kitchen with its original servant call bells on the lowest level, to the richly appointed Greek Revival double parlor with formal dining room, all the way to the 4th floor Irish servants’ quarters. Your journey through nearly 100 years of New York City’s 19th century culinary history will cover the city’s market culture, recipes and dishes likely served at the Tredwell table including formal dinner parties, celebrations, and receptions and the essential rules of dining etiquette.
Free, reservations not required.
NOTE LOCATION: The National Arts Club, 15 Gramercy Park South. The Club encourages proper attire for ladies and gentlemen at all times.
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 & historian Benjamin Feldman
June 18 – 19th Century Garden Beds and Borders, 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 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
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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Next Ghost Tour: Friday, July 17.
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.
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.